The Justice Department abruptly announced late Friday night that it is replacing the U.S. attorney in Manhattan who oversaw probes into allies of President Trump.
The Justice Department said in a press release that it is replacing Geoffrey Berman, the powerful prosecutor for the Southern District of New York who ran the probe that sent Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to prison and is investigating his current personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
Attorney General William Barr said that Jay Clayton, the current chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) would be nominated to replace Berman. Craig Carpenito, currently the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, will fill Berman’s position in an acting capacity effective July 3.
Barr did not provide a reason as to why Berman was being replaced.
Federal prosecutors in Berman’s office are also reportedly investigating if Giuliani, who is known to have a number of associates abroad, failed to register with the government as a foreign agent.
Beyond Cohen and Giuliani, Berman’s office also subpoenaed Trump’s inaugural committee over an investigation into potential illegal contributions from foreigners and charged former Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), a Trump ally, with insider trading.
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