Trump fires U.S. Attorney in New York who investigated his inner circle

By Alan Feuer, Katie Benner, Ben Protess, Maggie Haberman, William K. Rashbaum, Nicole Kong and Benjamin Weiser

President Donald Trump on Saturday fired the federal prosecutor whose office put his former personal lawyer in prison and is investigating his current one, heightening criticism that the president was carrying out an extraordinary purge to rid his administration of officials whose independence could be a threat to his reelection campaign.

Trump’s dismissal of the prosecutor, Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, whose office has pursued one case after another that have rankled Trump, led to political blowback and an unexpected result: By the end of the day, Berman’s hand-picked deputy, not the administration’s favored replacement, was chosen to succeed him for now.

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