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 TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth 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 RosensteinHouse Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe McCabe's counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict US attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal 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 SessionsDemocrats headed for a subpoena showdown with White House House Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe McCabe's counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict 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 (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal 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.