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 JeffriesUS Chamber of Commerce to stop supporting some lawmakers following the Capitol riots Lawmakers mount pressure on Trump to leave office Sunday shows - Capitol siege, Trump future dominate 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 TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Two-thirds say the election was fair: poll The Hill's Morning Report - An inauguration like no other 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 NadlerPelosi names 9 impeachment managers Republicans gauge support for Trump impeachment Clyburn blasts DeVos and Chao for 'running away' from 25th Amendment fight MORE (D-N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus Calls grow for 9/11-style panel to probe Capitol attack Do Democrats really want unity? 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 GiulianiLawyers group calls for Giuliani's suspension from law practice, ethics probe Would Trump have gotten away with a self-pardon? History will never know Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon MORE and had prosecuted his former lawyer Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenFlorida bank says it has closed Trump's accounts Trump's pardons harshly criticized by legal experts Manhattan DA expands probe into Trump company to include family estate: report MORE, among other presidential associates.