President Donald Trump told reporters on June 20 that he was “not involved” with the firing of New York U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman:
That’s all up to the attorney general. Attorney General Barr is working on that. That’s his department, not my department. I wasn’t involved.
The Associated Press reported that Barr said Berman had resigned June 19, however, Berman denied he had resigned and said his office’s “investigations would move forward without delay or interruption.” Berman showed up for work on June 20 and told journalists: “I’m just here to do my job.”
Buzzfeed News reporter Zoe Tillman tweeted that U.S. Attorney General Bill Burr told Berman in a letter on June 20 that Burr asked Trump to fire Berman and Trump did:
Unfortunately, with your statement last night, you have chosen public spectacle over public service. 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.
Berman was investigating a state-owned Turkish bank’s effort to cut deals with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.