ABC: Trump-appointed US attorney was recused from Cohen probe

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey Berman, was recused from the investigation into President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, ABC News reported.

Berman was not involved in the FBI raid of Cohen’s hotel room and office in New York City because of the recusal that was approved by Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinRosenstein warns of growing cyber threat from Russia, other foreign actors Opinion: One FBI text message in Russia probe that should alarm every American Rand Paul blocks Sanders's Russia resolution, calls it 'crazy hatred' against Trump MORE, sources told ABC News.

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Other officials in the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York handled the search of Cohen's office, home and hotel room.

Berman was appointed to his post by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein warns of growing cyber threat from Russia, other foreign actors Key GOP lawmaker throws cold water on Rosenstein impeachment With new immigration policy, Trump administration gutting the right to asylum MORE. He previously worked with Rudy Giuliani, who is a supporter of Trump, and donated to Trump's 2016 campaign.

Sessions testified to Congress that Trump personally interviewed candidates for several U.S. attorney positions, including the job in New York, which might partly explain his recusal.

Berman replaced Prett Bharara, who has become a vocal Trump critic since his firing.

The raid on Trump's lawyer was reportedly carried out after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE — who is investigating potential Russian collusion in the 2016 elections — gave federal prosecutors a referral.

While not related to Mueller’s investigation, the raid likely resulted from information Mueller’s team uncovered during its investigation and handed over to New York prosecutors.