Attorney General Bill Barr Removes SDNY Attorney Geoffrey Berman – UPDATE: Berman Refuses to Leave…

Officially it’s being called a “resignation” according to the Associated Press.  However, all the right Lawfare “beach friends” are going bananas as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey Berman, is being replaced.  [DOJ Announcement Here]

According to the DOJ release Berman is being replaced by the nomination of Jay Clayton, currently the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Additionally, “Craig Carpenito, currently the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, will serve as the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, while the Senate is considering Jay Clayton’s nomination.”

(Via AP) […] Geoffrey S. Berman is stepping down as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Attorney General William Barr said in a statement. The office is one of the nation’s premiere districts, trying major mob cases and terror cases over the years.

It was unclear why Berman was leaving his position after serving more than two years. The announcement was made late Friday and came after Barr visited New York City to meet with local police officials. And Trump is nominating the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission to the job, a lawyer with virutally no experience as a federal prosecutor. (link)

UPDATE: USAO Geoffrey Berman is refusing to leave:

Well, there we have it.  That explains things; Jeffrey Berman is a member of the Lawfare resistance, a “beach friend” per se…

It’s worth keeping in mind that Berman’s office was the lead in several high profile cases assembled by Robert Mueller.  Additionally, AG Barr brought in five+ outside U.S. attorney’s to review all of the Mueller cases as an outcome of the FISA court order to conduct a sequestration review of any/all evidence that might have been used as an outcome of the fraudulently obtained Carter Page FISA warrant.

As CTH noted at the time…. “If you consider that several DOJ offices may be involved with the material under review, including the Southern District of New York; The Eastern District of New York; The Eastern District of Virginia; The Washington DC District, and even Main Justice itself; it makes sense that outside DOJ personnel would be needed for this review.”

There’s no evidence the moves are connected to the sequestration review, but with USAO John Durham looking deeply into the background of DOJ and FBI activity surrounding the effort to target candidate Trump, and later President Trump, there could be a possibility that several lanes are merging.   Obviously, AG Barr feels very confident to make the moves and subsequent recommendations to President Trump for replacements.

All of the exit moves and incoming replacements are coming to a head at the same time; early July. The current SDNY move is effective July 3rd, which is the same time that FBI chief legal counsel Dana Boente is leaving his position.  Both Boente (FBI) and Jeffrey Berman (DOJ-SDNY) appear to be resigning by Bill Barr’s request; essentially being told to leave.

Other activity this week that may hold deeper connection:

♦On Monday House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler announced that two former Special Counsel Robert Mueller attorneys, John W. Elias and Aaron S.J. Zelinsky  would be designated as “whistleblowers” to give testimony against AG Bill Barr. (LINK)

♦On Tuesday, the last remaining DOJ advisor to Jeff Sessions, Jody Hunt, announced his intent to leave the justice dept effective “early July”. (LINK) Mr. Hunt was Jeff Session’s chief-of-staff, and one of the key advisors responsible for the decision to recuse from the Mueller probe. (LINK)

♦On Wednesday the DOJ announced that Solicitor General Noel Francisco will be  departing: “Solicitor General of the United States Noel Francisco announces his departure from the Department of Justice, effective as of July 3, 2020.” (LINK)

♦And now on Friday Geoffrey Berman is removed and replaced at the SDNY office; and his exit is also timed for July 3rd. (LINK)

In addition to an identical exit time, one thing all of these departures have in common, including FBI legal counsel Dana Boente’s exit, is their connection to former AG Jeff Sessions (appointments) and DAG Rod Rosenstein (oversight); and ultimately each of these individuals is connected to the larger Robert Mueller special counsel activity.

Their previous work in the DOJ and FBI during the soft-coup insurance phase; which specifically involved the use of the special counsel appointment; in conjunction with the ongoing –and expanded– internal investigation by John Durham; which now includes seven or eight outside U.S. attorneys offices; just seems too coincidental.

The media are framing the use of outside attorneys as Bill Barr working on behalf of President Trump to undermine current and former prosecutions. However, understanding the January FISC order requiring the sequestration effort, the use of outsiders is absolutely necessary.  This is a big shield that AG Barr is likely keeping in his back pocket until after Nadler launches his impeachment attack.

The same U.S. Attorneys, prosecutors and FBI agents who used evidence gathered from the fraudulent FISA warrants cannot be the same attorneys, agents and prosecutors making decisions about what parts of the warrants were used to gather evidence and how each part of any case was assembled by the use therein. It is a simple matter of a conflict of interest carried by any prosecutor that used corrupt evidence.

The Robert Mueller team of FBI investigators and special counsel prosecutors certainly used the fraudulently obtained FISA warrants as part of their investigative evidence collection. Common sense would tell us this had to be the case or the FBI and Mueller team would not have requested July 2017 renewal of the FISA warrant two months after the special counsel team was assembled.

If the FBI & Special Counsel were not using the FISA warrant(s) to capture information, they would not have needed them renewed. Despite media spin to the contrary, the simple truth of renewals holding investigative value is evident in the renewal itself (ie. common sense).

Under this rather extensive effort to find exactly which investigations -over the course of three years- were touched directly, or indirectly, by the four FISA warrants; and/or which investigative paths may have been influenced downstream or enhanced -by varying degrees of importance- by evidence stemming from the FISA warrants; a reasonable person could see how AG Bill Barr would need to put a team together to retrace the investigative steps and make the sequestration determinations.

Overlay USAO John Durham doing a deeper and more lengthy investigation that touches the edges of the underlying warrant, and, well, that’s quite a lot of review ongoing.

Obviously, for reasons of biased intent, corporate left-wing media would like to ignore why outside prosecutors are needed under this framework. The media ignore in part because honest reporting would require an admission the FISA warrants were fraudulently obtained; and in part because the left-wing media have never informed the public of the DOJ/FBI sequestration effort in the first place. Likely well more than half the country has no idea the DOJ and FBI have been told to go find the material.

There have been numerous articles, thousands of words, and endless hours of pundit protestations about Bill Barr using outside DC lawyers to review all of the previous DOJ attorney activities; yet not a single time have they ever acknowledged the originating order from the FISA court requiring the DOJ/FBI to conduct the review.

Imagine that?

(Washington Post Link) […] Shortly after the McCabe announcement on Friday, officials said that Barr had assigned Jeff Jensen, the U.S. attorney in St. Louis, to review and “assist” prosecutors currently handling the case of Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who is still awaiting sentencing after having pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The Jensen appointment marks the latest iteration of an unusual trend inside the Justice Department of tasking outside U.S. attorneys with reviewing, managing, or reinvestigating work that would otherwise not be in their portfolio. Much of the effort seems aimed at re-examining the work of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, whose probe of possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign infuriated the president, or at targeting the president’s foes.  (read more)

Like I said, the Washington Post (above) and the New York Times (LINK) have both written pearl-clutching articles about Barr using DOJ “outsiders”; yet never once have they noted the FISA Court order that preceded all of these outside USAO’s entering the picture and receiving instructions from Bill Barr.  In order for media ideologues to continue advancing their political narrative they have to pretend not to know things…

…But Truth Has No Agenda!

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654 Responses to Attorney General Bill Barr Removes SDNY Attorney Geoffrey Berman – UPDATE: Berman Refuses to Leave…

  1. So call me confused, this guy lists as a Republican and he was appointed by the President…yes I agree that he’s being run by Lawfare and friends, but I find myself wondering how he or anyone causing this many problems for the Administration gets through the vetting process? So, in the last week, we get screwed by two Republican appointed SCJs and are getting screwed by an asst Federal Prosecutor who has been causing issues since being appointed….I find myself thinking that perhaps we shouldn’t spend as much time worrying about the opposition Party, maybe we need to clean house first, purge these non-supportive Party members, who have been garnering headlines for the last month…start with the idiots choosing these people to begin with…

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    • mimbler says:

      I think the vetting process was done by GOPe who selected never-Trumpers. They might have had clean pasts because they wouldn’t have exhibited TDS yet.

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      • gunrunner03 says:

        So when is it going to end? These turncoats? Perhaps Ric Grenell needs to be a big part of the process of who is recommended by the President for a position. We need more Rics, and less dicks. Grenell 2024!

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      • This could be the issue, but I think it goes deeper… Rush talked about this last week by asking, why do Dem appointed SCJs walk in lockstep and know how they are supposed to vote, while Conservative Justices are constantly playing Hamlet? It’s not just with our current President, the swing Appeals Court Judge in the Flynn case is a Bush appointed Judge, yet it sounds like she will vote with the Obama appointee… This never happens with Dem Judges, even if it means some very creative bench work(See Sullivan)…We have a problem with the Party and I think until this issue is corrected, we will continue to lose…

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        • mimbler says:

          IMO, the liberal SCJ vote in lockstep, because they aren’t even vaguely interested in the law. They just vote for liberal issues, and against conservatives.

          The conservative judges generally rule on points of law, and there can be some disagreements there. And some cases, the conservative outcome I would like is just not supported by the law.

          And then you have Roberts who is either liberal or compromised and isn’t bothered by the rule of law. He just votes conservative where it doesn’t matter and votes liberal when his swing vote is needed.

          Like I said, IMO only of course.

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    • old white guy says:

      There people who think a civil war is not needed.

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    • Madi says:

      President Trump is a “business man “ from NY. He is not a “preacher”, race bater or fr$$$&@ politician. Married 3 times, beautiful kids (beautiful ex wives, current wife. His crime is “tell it like it is”! Not perfect , just real!!!! I love it.
      Street smart!!!
      Those who hate him are jealous!
      Pray for President Trump and his family
      Pray for those who left the Democrats and Republicans Plantation!!!
      The only very busy is here 🇺🇸🙈🙉🙊🐒America , the best country, my country that I love

      American by choice ✝️🇺🇸

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    • Dee S says:

      I totally agree with you. The RINO’s are only too happy to place these subversives into the president’s administration to undermine his work. Although I am registered in that political party, I am fed up with the traitors within.

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  2. Caius Lowell says:

    Betcha US Marshals could make him leave…

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  3. thedoc00 says:

    Since he is no longer an employee, charge him for the office where he sits and attach lean on his assets until he leaves. No problem.

    … or as pointed out above, have US Marshalls drag him from building for trespassing and deposit on side walk with his stuff. No need to arrest.

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  4. Raised on Reagan says:

    Latest on this, Barr has informed Bergman the President has now fired him.

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    • OhNoYouDont says:

      Attorney General William Barr informed the District Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Saturday that President Trump has removed him from his post, a day after the federal prosecutor refused to step down.

      In a letter to Geoffrey Berman obtained by Fox News, Barr said he asked Trump to fire Berman after the federal prosecutor said Friday he planned to stay on the job against the Trump Administration’s wishes.

      “Unfortunately, with your statement of last night, you have chosen public spectacle over public service,” Barr said in the letter. “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.”

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  5. Pokey says:

    Believe it or not, similar things happen every day in the firing of employees caught undermining the Company. The usual response is to call security or even the police to have that individual removed immediately. Leaving such an employee the option of resigning and providing his two week notice is asking for trouble. There is no end to the ways a disgruntled and about to be former employee can sabotage his/her/whatever employer in that final two weeks. Barr should know that and Federal Marshall should be moving in on Berman and escorting him out right now. Berman obviously believes he has allies who will help with his machinations in the interim. Anything short of just paying him thru July 3 and getting him the hell out of there is asking for an even bigger mess to clean up.

    Most of the time I rant about my opinions and projections based on what I think I know. This posting is from a voice of experience.

    Please read this AG Barr.

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    • BareKnuckledConsevative says:

      Former 40 year HR Manager reporting for duty ….

      Absolutely correct-once the decision is made, get them out the door. Right now, not in 2 weeks. Tell them you will ship them anything at their workspace that is not company property. Make whatever severance arrangement contingent on being cooperative and waiving their rights to legal recourse as allowable by law.

      Get em out the door. Lock em out of email, network and building.

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    • Madi says:

      Pokey I supported your thinking!
      We have equal justice or no justice!
      I do not think all lawyers are corrupted but 99 % are.
      Why are lawyers the only profession that “oversee “ their own. ?????

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  6. DesertRain says:

    I missed seeing this Politico report speculating that Barr was a member of Pompeo’s CIA advisory board. Plus we know Barr sent a letter to Rosenstein concerning legal arguments against Mueller SC pursuing an obstruction charge.

    Durham, Barr and Pompeo….. no doubt there are additional Patriots focused on the health of America.

    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/27/mike-pompeos-cia-advisory-board-rankled-agency-veterans-283350

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  7. Alex1689 says:

    Well done Barr! Offered him Chair of the SEC. And he turned it down. So what was so very important about being US Atty for SDNY that anyone would turn down Chair of the SEC? Does not make sense to the average person.

    Of course, we understand he did not want to be a Jessie Liu. They do learn, turns out.

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  8. Elwood says:

    Sundance, you do see where all of this leading? The prosecutors are tainted, the judges (Sullivan, et al.) are suspect, and even the supreme court…

    When the civilian courts can’t function where does that leave us?

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  9. Mary Van Deusen says:

    The one thing that confuses me about this is that the original intent was to have Berman replaced by Craig Carpenito, while the permanent appointment of Jay Clayton was being considered. The new announcement of the firing states that Berman will be replaced by Audrey Strauss.

    “the Deputy United States Attorney, Audrey Strauss, will become the Acting United States Attorney, and I anticipate that she will serve in that capacity until a permanent successor is in place.”

    Does this mean that they keep the old guard in place instead of starting to sweep the old ones out? I didn’t think the acting replacement could be blocked, but I’m wondering if the Graham block is causing this.

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  10. Perot Conservative says:

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  11. LULU says:

    Berman replaced the infamous Preet Bharara. The arrogant guy who refused to resign when AG Sessions called for all of the US attorneys’ resignations in early 2017. Preet was fired the next day. These guys are not civil servants. They are subject to removal by the President. Preet has become a law professor at NYU, done some podcasts, written a book that no one knows about except his mother… Listen up, Gregory!

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  12. My assumption, without actually knowing it, is that Audrey Strauss will just be another Geoffry Berman.
    This likelihood is based on the premise that a Deputy US Attorney in SDNY world that does not profess her belief in socialist, left-wing, anti-Republican, anti-Trump values, would have been weeded out by now, and especially in the cultural and philosophical monolith that is New York City.
    Call Giuliani a major exception.

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  13. DesertRain says:

    Hummm….SDNY best buddy Adam Schiff is not happy. Did not see this coming?

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  14. Merkin Muffley says:

    Then Barr gets Trump to fire him. Cites Federal statute and Supreme Court precedent. Berman folds like a cheap suit.
    https://wtvbam.com/news/articles/2020/jun/20/stand-off-with-attorney-general-barr-ends-as-new-york-prosecutor-agrees-to-resign/1031560/

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  15. LULU says:

    Berman’s gone. Barr sent him this letter notifying him that the President had removed him. Great letter:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ea-qfAFXYAEom-q?format=jpg&name=large

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  16. Sunshine says:

    Now, we know DOJ William Barr is the real deal. Give him time for the rest. It’s a long process for true justice to be rendered.

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    • Jan says:

      We know that Barr has managed to get rid of some bad guys. Some were gone before he got there. But if we don’t get the truth out there before the election, Democrats have no road blocks to taking over the country and destroying it. The media has gone further left than the radicals.

      The BLM is much more organized than either political party. And the Democrats won’t be able to stop them. The BLM embraces violence, anarchy, seizure of property for their own use, etc. They don’t seem to be bothered by a 3 yr. old black kid being killed this weekend. And the media is not broadcasting that donations to the BLM are going directly to the Biden campaign.

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