Trump Horrified After Congress Invites SDNY Attorney To Testify Under Oath Next Week

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This Friday night, the U.S. was rocked with the news that the Trump administration had tried to force Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, off the job. Attorney General Bill Barr issued a statement claiming that Berman was resigning, but Berman promptly followed up with his own statement insisting that he was doing no such thing. (Barr claims that Trump has now stepped in and fired Berman directly.) Now, as the fallout continues to spread from the Trump team’s latest brazen attempt to seize judicial power, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) has invited Berman to testify. Nadler invited Berman to a previously scheduled hearing about the politicization of the Justice Department that’s currently set for this coming Wednesday.

Nadler commented:

‘America is right to expect the worst of Bill Barr, who has repeatedly interfered in criminal investigations on Trump’s behalf. We have a hearing on this topic on Wednesday. We welcome Mr. Berman’s testimony and will invite him to testify.’

The hearing to which Nadler invited Berman is already set to have some high-profile testimony. The committee issued subpoenas for Aaron Zelinsky and John Elias, both of whom have figured prominently in instances of politicization at the Justice Department under the Trump-appointed Bill Barr.

Zelinsky was one of the prosecutors on the Roger Stone case who resigned in apparent protest after Barr’s team intervened to lower the government’s sentencing recommendation for Stone, who is a longtime Trump ally. Elias, meanwhile, works at the Justice Department’s antitrust division, which has been accused of carrying out politically motivated investigations like one targeting CNN’s parent company and another targeting an environmental regulation deal to keep down car emissions that California struck with vehicle manufacturers.

In this case, Barr reportedly asked Berman to resign shortly before he apparently tried to pressure Berman into doing so with his lie-riddled public statement insisting that the U.S. Attorney had already taken the step. Berman’s office has handled a number of investigations that could attract the political ire of the president, including the investigation into former Trump fixer Michael Cohen’s crimes — in which the president was implicated — and an investigation into Trump ally Rudy Giuliani’s “consulting” work.

Check out Twitter’s response to Nadler:

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