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Jeffries says he hopes former SDNY attorney will testify before Congress 'because I think he has a lot to say'

Jeffries says he hopes former SDNY attorney will testify before Congress 'because I think he has a lot to say'
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Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesA tearful lesson of 2016: Polls don't matter if people don't vote Overnight Health Care: House Democrats slam pharma CEOs for price hikes driven by revenue, executive bonuses | Ex-FDA employees express worries to Congress over politicization of vaccines | Fauci said his mask stance was 'taken out of context' by Trump Top House Democrat: Parties 'much closer' to a COVID deal 'than we've ever been' MORE (D-N.Y.) said Sunday he hopes that former Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney Geoff Berman will testify before Congress “because I think he has a lot to say.”

Jeffries told ABC’s “This Week” that he wants Berman to speak in front of the House Judiciary Committee following his Saturday firing by President TrumpDonald John TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought '9/11 attack was 7/11 attack' MORE and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrPolice accountability board concludes that Seattle police officers used excessive force during encounters with protesters Trump hasn't asked Barr to open investigation into Bidens, McEnany says Seattle, Portland, NYC sue Trump administration over threat to pull federal money MORE

“I think he has a lot to say about a continuing pattern of chaos, crisis and corruption that we have seen from the Trump administration from the very beginning until this very day,” Jeffries said.

The Justice Department initially announced on Friday Berman was “stepping down” from his position Friday, but Berman refuted that saying he would not step down without a Senate-confirmed replacement. 

After Berman said he would not resign, Barr asked Trump to officially fire him and Berman was removed from his position on Saturday.

Jeffries said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMarijuana stocks see boost after Harris debate comments Jewish lawmakers targeted by anti-Semitic tweets ahead of election: ADL Democrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court MORE (D-N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBrown says Biden's first moves as president should be COVID relief, voting rights Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to positive tests among Pence aides Pelosi dismisses talk of White House compromise on stimulus: They 'keep moving the goal post' MORE (D-Calif.) support a hearing on alleged “political interference” between the White House and the Justice Department. Nadler announced the committee's intention to investigate on Saturday.

“We have a long tradition in this country of there being no political interference between the White House and the Department of Justice,” he said, alleging the president was disturbing it. 

Berman’s office has been investigating Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiWhite House lawyer helped shop controversial Hunter Biden story to Wall Street Journal: NYT 'Saturday Night Live' tackles final presidential debate Biden pushes back on Trump: 'Crass' to go after political rival's children MORE and had prosecuted his former lawyer Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenMichael Cohen writing second book on Trump administration's Justice Department Bruce Ohr retires from DOJ Trump again asks Supreme Court to shield tax records MORE, among other presidential associates.