The White House on Monday revealed that President Donald Trump was interested in firing US Attorney Geoffrey Berman after Trump tweeted that this weekend he was “not interested” in the process.
Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, speaking at the White House Monday, said Trump was “interested in the sign-off power” as she tried to justify Geoffrey Berman’s replacement as a quick swap that would require Jay Clayton, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to take up the role.
Clayton and Trump have addressed the role that oversees New York ‘s strong office in the Southern District.
During a recent meeting, Trump asked Clayton if, according to a person close to the situation. He was into a job over a possible second term.
Trump & Geoffrey Berman
Clayton, who has never been a litigant or lawyer, said that he planned to travel back to New York and showed interest in the SDNY role in the hope that it will be in a second term. They told Clayton to accelerate and announce it would.
However, on Monday, McEnany couldn’t thoroughly clarify why Geoffrey Berman took off until the Senate approved Clayton. Claiming only that there will be an acting US attorney in the role.
“Clayton’s hoping to be confirmation,” she said.
Berman ‘s resignation came a day after he turned down the offer of Attorney General William Barr to withdraw. On Saturday, Barr told him Trump had decided to replace him in a court letter to Berman. And he admitted that the replacement would be Berman’s deputy.
“Unfortunately you have chosen public spectacle over public service with your statement last night”. Barr wrote to Geoffrey Berman in his letter. “Because you declared that you have no intention of resigning. I have asked the President to remove you and he has done so as of today.”
He offered no reason for driving Geoffrey Berman back.
Nonetheless, speaking to reporters soon after Barr ‘s letter went official, Trump stated. “It is also his agency, not my team,” nothing, “It’s not interesting.”