This morning [Saturday, 6.20] Captain Chaos fired the United States Attorney in Manhattan, Geoffrey S. Berman, for being overly aggressive in pursuing Trump-related corruptions and cronies, and out of concern that Berman will be gunning for Trump personally after he leaves office on 1.20.21.
I was under the impression that Trump couldn’t fire Berman since his 2018 appointment was made official by judges of the United States District Court. I thought only said judges could dismiss him. Then again “a 1979 Justice Department memo holds…that the president [can] fire a prosecutor in Mr. Berman’s position,” according to a 1.20 N.Y. Times story about the matter.
Times story: “In a letter released by the Justice Department, Attorney General William P. Barr accused of Berman of choosing ‘public spectacle over public service’ because he would not voluntarily step down from the position.
“”Because you have declared that you have no intention of resigning, I have asked the President to remove you as of today, and he has done so,’ the letter read.
Barr said Berman’s top deputy, Audrey Strauss, would become the acting United States Attorney.
Times: “The dismissal of Berman came after his office brought a series of highly sensitive cases that worried and angered Mr. Trump and others in his inner circle,” blah blah. We all know what’s going on.