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U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, who oversaw many investigations related to the years-long Mueller Russia-probe, was asked to resign by Attorney General Bill Barr yesterday. Berman refused and posted a statement on Twitter saying he is remaining in his role until the U.S. Senate approves his successor.
“I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning…I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate. Until then, our investigations will move forward without delay or interruption,” his statement read.
Today Berman was officially fired by President Trump.
“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 wrote in a curt letter to Berman.
Deputy U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss will serve as chief the office until a permanent successor is confirmed.