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AG William Barr reportedly wanted to charge Seattle mayor for allowing BLM protests to continue without police oversight
William Barr, February 2020
William Barr, February 2020 Credit: The United States Department of Justice / Public domain

US Attorney General William Barr reportedly asked prosecutors of the justice department if Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan (D) could be charged for allowing BLM protests to continue in an autonomous police-free zone without police oversight, the New York Times reports, citing two sources familiar with the conversation.

Barr also wanted prosecutors to consider charging protestors with sedition, a charge usually used for people who conspire against the state.

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Fifteen US mayors sign letter opposing use of federal law enforcement with "no oversight" against protesters
Black Lives Matter protest in Portland, Oregon. People protesting police brutality and the deaths of several members of the Black community - sparked by the recent death of George Floyd.
Black Lives Matter protest in Portland, Oregon. People protesting police brutality and the deaths of several members of the Black community - sparked by the recent death of George Floyd. Credit: unsplash.com/Tito Texidor III

Fifteen US mayors have addressed a letter to Attorney General William Barr and Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf opposing the use of federal federal law enforcement with "no oversight" against protesters. The letter is calling the act of deploying federal forces against protesters an "abuse of power" and is demanding the withdrawal of "extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence" from Portland and other American cities.

"These are tactics we expect from authoritarian regimes -- not our democracy [...] The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked a national uprising and reckoning. The majority of the protests have been peaceful and aimed at improving our communities. Where this is not the case, it still does not justify the use of federal forces. Unilaterally deploying these paramilitary-type forces into our cities is wholly inconsistent with our system of democracy and our most basic values," the letter, posted by Mayor Muriel Bowser, said.

The list of mayors who signed the letter is as follows: Jenny A. Durkan, Seattle; Ted Wheeler, Portland; Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta; Lori Lightfoot, Chicago; Muriel Bowser, Washington DC; Quinton D. Lucas, Kansas City; Martin J. Walsh, Boston; Jim Kenny, Philadelphia; Michael Hancock, Denver; Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles; Sam Liccardo, San Jose; Libby Schaaf, Oakland; Regina Romera, Tucson; Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento; Kate Gallego, Phoenix.

Portland officials had previously stated that federal officers were working in coordination with local law enforcement but have since come out saying that "coordination was not made with Portland police" as the "federal police have their marching order."

According to Chad Wolf, federal law enforcement had only been deployed to Portland. On Monday, Trump vowed to send federal officers to other cities.

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Geoffrey Berman to testify before House Judiciary Committee on circumstances of his dismissal as SDNY US Attorney
Geoffrey S. Berman speaking at the Stanford Criminal Justice Center Alumni Panel on Criminal Justice, 2019
Geoffrey S. Berman speaking at the Stanford Criminal Justice Center Alumni Panel on Criminal Justice, 2019 Credit: The Southern District of New York (Public Domain)

Former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman will appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday to testify on the circumstances of his dismissal. Berman was fired by Trump at AG William Barr's request in June.

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Trump has fired SDNY US Attorney Geoffrey Berman, at Barr's request
Geoffrey Berman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, seen speaking at the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in New York City.
Geoffrey Berman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, seen speaking at the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in New York City. Credit: The Southern District of New York / Public domain

According to the New York Times, AG William Barr announced on Saturday that Donald Trump had fired Geoffrey Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York who investigated several of Donald Trump's associates. Berman had issued a press release Friday night, stating "I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position," after Barr announced Berman's resignation.

In a statement, Barr wrote that Berman had "chosen public spectacle over public service" and further stating: "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."

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"I have not resigned", US Attorney Geoffrey Berman not stepping down
Portrait of Geoffrey S. Berman
Portrait of Geoffrey S. Berman Credit: US Department of Justice / Public domain

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman issued a press release shortly after William Barr announced Berman's resignation. "I learned in a press release from the Attorney General tonight that I was ‘stepping down’ as United States Attorney. I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position".

Berman has been in the office since 2018 and has investigated several of Donald Trump's associates. His office is investigating Rudy Giuliani and has prosecuted Michael Cohen, Trump's former attorney.

"I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate. Until then, our investigations will move forward without delay or interruption. I cherish every day that I work with the men and women of this Office to pursue justice without fear or favor – and intend to ensure that this Office’s important cases continue unimpeded," so Berman in his statement.

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AG William Barr announces resignation of SDNY US Attorney Geoffrey Berman
President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr
President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr Credit: The United States Department of Justice / Public domain

In a press release late Friday night, AG William Barr announced the resignation of Geoffrey Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. "With tenacity and savvy, Geoff has done an excellent job leading one of our nation’s most significant U.S. Attorney’s Offices, achieving many successes on consequential civil and criminal matters. I appreciate his service to the Department of Justice and our nation, and I wish him well in the future," so the statement.

According to the statement, Donald Trump "intends to nominate Jay Clayton, currently the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission" for Berman's position and Barr recommends Craig Carpenito, US Attorney for the District of New Jersey, as intermediate SDNY US Attorney while "he Senate is considering Jay Clayton’s nomination", starting July 3.

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AG William Barr says DC protestors were "not peaceful", defends use of force by law enforcement
AG William Barr, January 2020
AG William Barr, January 2020 Credit: The United States Department of Justice / Public domain

In an interview with CBS News, Attorney General William Barr said protestors on Lafayette Square on June 1 were not peaceful, justifying the use of force by law enforcement. Barr claimed protestors were attacking officers by throwing projectiles and didn't leave the area after multiple warnings. "They were not peaceful protesters. And that’s one of the big lies that the media is, seems to be perpetuating at this point," so Barr. In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr also said: "I’m not involved in giving tactical commands like that. My attitude was, get it done, but I didn’t say, ‘Go do it."

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United States will allegedly file charges against Venezuelan President

According to NBC New York, the United States attorney general William Barr is planning on charging members of the Venezuelan government for their involvement in illegal drug trafficking. Besides other senior officials of the government, the president Nicolas Maduro is said to be charged. Further diplomatic sanctions will allegedly be implemented.

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Former Department of Justice officials condemn interference in Roger Stone case

Over 1,100 former officials of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) signed and published an open letter as a statement to events of the Roger Stone case. Following the previous events - Attorney General William Barr lowered the prison sentence recommendation for Roger Stone after Donald Trump tweeted about it - the DOJ alumni are calling for Barr to resign.