Sunday, June 21, 2020

Trump fires US Attorney in continued purge of 'disloyal' administration officials

President Trump fired Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York,who  put his former personal lawyer in prison and is investigating his current one, heightening criticism that the president was carrying out an extraordinary purge to rid his administration of officials whose independence could be a threat to his re-election campaign, reported the New York Times.
Trump’s dismissal of  Berman, whose office has pursued one case after another that have rankled Trump, led to political blowback and an unexpected result: By the end of the day, Mr. Berman’s handpicked deputy, not the administration’s favored replacement, was chosen to succeed him for now.
The abrupt ouster of Mr. Berman came as Trump sought to reinvigorate his campaign with its first public rally in months and days after new allegations by his former national security adviser that he had engaged in “obstruction of justice as a way of life.”
It was the latest move in a broader purge of administration officials that has intensified in the months since the Republican-led Senate acquitted Trump at an impeachment trial.
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