US attorney behind inquiries into Trump allies refuses to resign despite Barr announcement

William Barr said Geoffrey Berman had stepped down, a fact denied by the influential attorney involved in investigations of Rudy Giuliani and Michael Cohen

US attorney general William Barr announced the resignation on Friday of an influential attorney who oversaw key prosecutions of allies of President Donald Trump and an investigation into Rudy Giuliani – but it appears the attorney in question has other ideas.

“I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning,” said Geoffrey Berman, adding he learned of his apparent departure as attorney for the Southern District of New York in a Justice Department press release.

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