Geoffrey Berman, US attorney behind inquiries into Trump allies, resigns after Barr announces firing

<span>Photograph: Kevin Hagen/AP</span>
Photograph: Kevin Hagen/AP

The US attorney general, William Barr, said on Saturday Donald Trump had fired Geoffrey Berman, the US attorney for the southern district of New York who has overseen investigations and prosecutions of key Trump allies including Rudy Giuliani and Michael Cohen.

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Berman later confirmed he had now stepped down and that his deputy Audrey Strauss would take his place.

“I could leave the district in no better hands than Audrey’s,” Berman said in a statement. He added that he was sure Strauss would continue the district’s “tradition of integrity and independence”.

The move brings to a likely end a bizarre dispute between the attorney general and Berman, after Berman earlier refused to confirm his resignation from the prestigious role, following Barr’s announcement in a surprise statement on Friday night. That refusal prompted Barr to announce he had

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