Barr claims President Trump has fired U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman

Geoffrey S. Berman, United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, arrives to his office in New York on Saturday, June 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

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UPDATED 2:40 PM PT — Saturday, June 20, 2020

On Saturday, Attorney General William Barr announced President Trump has officially fired U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman. In a letter, Barr reprimanded the federal lawyer and confirmed the president granted his request for Berman’s removal.

The attorney general has said he was surprised and disappointed by Berman’s statement. He further suggested the lawyer “chose public spectacle over public service.”

On Friday, Berman stated he had no plans of stepping down from his position. This came after the Justice Department declared its intention to reassign someone to his post.

President Donald Trump listens to a reporter’s question on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, June 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Meanwhile, President Trump has claimed he was not involved in the attorney’s firing. While speaking to reporters at the White House, the president emphasized the decision was up to his attorney general, not him.

The president praised William Barr for being very qualified in his role as the attorney general and reiterated that Berman’s removal was out of his hands.

According to reports, the attorney will likely challenge his firing in court.

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