Isn't Trump/Barr obliged to give a reason for the "firing" of United States attorney in Manhattan, Geoffrey Berman?

. . . who had been leading the inquiry into Rudolph Giuliani?

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  • Tmess2
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    Legally, the President does not have to give a reason for discharging a political appointee (which the U.S. Attorney for a particular district is).  There are some limited exceptions to this rule (one of which is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court), but the general rule is that the President is head of the executive branch and thus all officers of the United States answer to him and are dischargeable at will.

    Now, as a practical matter, when a senior official is discharged, there is going to be media coverage of that discharge.  If the President does not give a reason, talking heads will speculate about the reason.  Here, there is a readily apparent reason for the discharge -- that the U.S. Attorney's office in the Southern District of New York has the primary role in investigating financial misconduct and that some of those investigations involve Trump's friends and family.  Since that explanation makes Trump look bad, he needs to come up with a good alternative reason.

    EDIT:  After making the above post, I saw some news articles revealing that the current U.S. Attorney was the "acting U.S. Attorney" appointed by the court when the Trump Administration was unable to fill the vacancy.  While I don't know if any court has addressed this unusual situation, I believe it is more likely than not that an appellate court would side with the president having the power to discharge such an acting U.S. Attorney.

  • Edwena
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Well, it seems that one of the plans of the democrats was to place reputable operatives in power and have them investigate everything until they find something.  The best example of that was Mueller. Dragged the country through 2 long years of fake investigation.  If was fake because the FBI/Rosenstein/Mueller all knew that the Russian dossier' was a fabrication.  But they investigated anyway, and continued, and continued.  And never investigated any reports that things were faked.  So it is with Berman. He was going to investigate and then file a charge at the opportune time.  It was going to be a fake charge, but the liberal democrats would believe it and stir the pot into a boil. Especially, if the charge took the corruption pressure off of Biden for his Ukraine-China deals.

  • Desire
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    He doesn't need a reason to fire anyone.

  • 2 months ago

    Herman has emphasized that he’s not leaving. 

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  • 2 months ago

    more swamp draining in progress...........from the head swamp monster himself. 

    The guy was investigating a Trump crony and henchman......so naturally, he was fired . 

    Yeah, nothing to see here folks........move along. 

    Barr has to be the single most corrupt AG  to ever hold the position. 

    If he was AG in the Capone era........he would have dropped all charges against Capone, and arrested Elliot Ness for overdue parking tickets. 

  • Toast
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    No.............

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