Trump picks Giuliani law partner to replace Preet Bharara in NY

Trump picks Giuliani law partner to replace Preet Bharara in NY
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in Texas Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments What coronavirus teaches us for preventing the next big bio threat MORE will name a law partner of ally and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) to replace Preet BhararaPreetinder (Preet) Singh BhararaRep. Collins says Democrats are 'in love with terrorists,' 'mourn Soleimani' George Conway: 'Garbage' White House defense 'virtually guarantees' Trump impeachment Epstein death sparks questions for federal government MORE as the top prosecutor in southern New York, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

Trump will tap Geoffrey Berman as the next U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, the newspaper reported. Berman’s appointment is contingent on Senate confirmation.

Berman served as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan from 1990 to 1994, and currently works as a partner at the Greenberg Traurig law firm, where Giuliani is listed as a shareholder.

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Giuliani was a strong Trump supporter during the 2016 presidential campaign, and had reportedly been considered as a replacement for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPresident Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks On the Trail: Senate GOP hopefuls tie themselves to Trump Trump looms as flashpoint in Alabama Senate battle MORE. Giuliani disputed the reports.

Trump fired Bharara in March after the attorney refused to resign from his post.

Since then, Bharara has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration, and has frequently weighed in on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s ongoing investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Bharara has on social media encouraged Trump to “keep up the tweeting,” suggesting it could be used in Mueller’s probe, and compared the president to Jan Brady when Trump dismissed Democratic complaints about "Russia, Russia, Russia."