“We cannot rely on an election to solve our problems, when the president threatens the very integrity of that election,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.
FoxNews.com reports that
Former Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman will testify next week before the House Judiciary committee in a closed door hearing – just weeks after President Trump fired him.
Berman will appear before the Democrat-led House committee next Thursday, Fox News is told.
Attorney General William Barr informed Berman late last month that he was fired from his post as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.
At the time, Barr said he asked Trump to fire Berman after the Manhattan 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.”
Barr said Deputy U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss was appointed to take over until a permanent successor is in place.
Berman’s appearance next week will be the latest event in a highly publicized feud between the former U.S. attorney and the Trump administration.
Barr and the White House announced in June that Trump will nominate Jay Clayton, the current chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to replace Berman. But Berman, whose office has been a thorn in Trump’s side, said he learned of his “departure” from Barr’s press release and had no intention of leaving the job.
Barr initially said the U.S. attorney in New Jersey, Craig Carpenito, would take over on an acting basis beginning July 3 until Jay Clayton’s SEC confirmation. But Barr switched gears afterwards by announcing Strauss would manage the SDNY in the interim.
Democrats accused the Trump administration of trying to shut down Berman, who is leading investigations into the president’s allies.
“The president has doubled down on his fixer’s obstruction of investigations into him and his allies,” said Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., a contender to be Joe Biden’s vice-presidential pick. “It is clear that nothing will restrain his corruption. No one is above the law. The American people will have their say.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., who helped prosecute the Trump impeachment case before the Senate, announced his committee will launch an investigation into Berman’s ouster, saying it “smacks of corruption and incompetence.”
The Southern District has prosecuted a number of Trump associates, including the president’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who served a prison sentence for lying to Congress and campaign finance crimes. The office has also been investigating Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s business dealings, including whether he failed to register as a foreign agent, people familiar with the probe told The Associated Press.
Berman has also overseen the prosecution of two Florida businessmen, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who were associates of Giuliani and tied to the Ukraine impeachment investigation. The men were charged in October with federal campaign finance violations, including hiding the origin of a $325,000 donation to a group supporting Trump’s reelection.
Former Trump national security adviser John Bolton said that Trump sought to interfere in a Southern District investigation into the Turkish Halkbank in an effort to cut deals with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Congressman Jerry Nadler absolutely despises President Trump.
For those of you who do not know how the roots of this hatred…
It began in 1985, when Nadler was a New York State assemblyman. The (Washington) Post reported that Trump, at the time, purchased property in Nadler’s district and wanted to build a development, which he reportedly wanted to call “Television City.” But Nadler wanted the property, which was a former railroad yard, to be upgraded instead. Nadler reportedly blocked Trump from public funds and mortgage insurance.
Trump ultimately began construction on the property and worked to develop residential buildings, but in 2005, after construction delays and pushback from lawmakers, Trump reportedly sold the property for $1.8 billion.
As far as the firing of Berman is concerned…
The Southern District of New York Prosecutor’s Office has been a Democratic Party stronghold for some time now.
The DOJ’s Southern District of New York Office has been the stomping grounds of several of those involved in the failed “Russia Probe” attempt to oust President Trump from office, including Former FBI Director Comey, FBI IG Horowitz, Mueller Investigator Andrew Weissman, Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr, and Daniel Goldman, who appeared as an attorney for the Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee Impeachment Inquiry Hearing.
All of them either worked in that office or had judicial standing in that district.
And, of course, they are the ones who prosecuted and convicted Roger Stone.
Isn’t it interesting that soon after Berman was fired, Ghislaine Maxwell, the girlfriend of the late, unlamented Jeffrey Epstein what finally arrested IN New Hampshire?
And, wouldn’t it be absolutely fascinating if, among the information which will be revealed when the final report is made public of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s inquiry into the Russia Investigation found a corrupt Deep State Operation within the SDNY which tied directly in to the Obama Department of Justice?
Nadler’s obsession could boomerang on him and the rest of the Democrat Elite.
Things could be getting very interesting in the very near future.
Until He Comes,