Trump picks Giuliani law partner to replace Preet Bharara in NY

Trump picks Giuliani law partner to replace Preet Bharara in NY
© Getty Images

President TrumpDonald TrumpMedia giants side with Bannon on request to release Jan. 6 documents Cheney warns of consequences for Trump in dealings with Jan. 6 committee Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official MORE will name a law partner of ally and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) to replace Preet BhararaPreet BhararaFive faces from the media who became political candidates Former impeachment counsel launches bid for New York attorney general Whatever else he did, Cuomo did not obstruct justice by ranting to Obama White House 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

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 SessionsPress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Those predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold 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) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG 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."