READ: Ousted Manhattan US Attorney Berman testifies Barr 'repeatedly urged' him to resign

Geoffrey Berman, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, on Thursday testified that Attorney General William BarrBill BarrNew DOJ rule could allow executions by electrocution, firing squad Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Five federal inmates scheduled for execution before Inauguration Day MORE “repeatedly urged” him to resign before forcing him out in June.

Berman told the House Judiciary Committee that prior to his ouster, he resisted Barr's urging because “there were important investigations in the office that I wanted to see through to completion.”

Those investigations included whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE's personal attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiKrebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Trump campaign loses appeal over Pennsylvania race Krebs: I'm 'most upset' I didn't get to say goodbye to my team MORE, violated laws on lobbying for foreign interests as it relates to Ukraine.


"The Attorney General said that if I did not resign from my position I would be fired," Berman told the Judiciary panel. "He added that getting fired from my job would not be good for my resume or future job prospects. I told him that while I did not want to get fired, I would not resign." 

Berman in June made it clear he had not resigned from his position after the Justice Department announced he was "stepping down."

Barr then said Berman had "chosen public spectacle over public service."

Read Berman's full opening statement below.