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Geoffrey Berman, a powerful US lawyer who investigated Trump’s colleagues, refused to back down after Barr tried to push him out

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'Good for him': Bharara on US attorney's refusal to step down

In an extraordinary statement sent about an hour after Barr said Berman would leave the office, Berman said he had found out about his departure from the press release.

“I have not resigned, and do not have the intention to resign, my position, where I was appointed by the United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. I will resign when the nominee is appointed by the Senate,” Berman said. “Until then, our investigation will move forward without delay or disruption.”

The impasse opened a new crisis in the Department of Justice, placed the leadership of the most prominent federal prosecutors office outside Washington in a dangerous position and again raised questions about Barr’s willingness to direct the department to fit in with Trump’s political agenda.

Berman’s denial occurred about an hour after the Justice Department announced Trump intended to nominate Jay Clayton, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, who had never been a prosecutor.

A Justice Department official told CNN that Berman was offered other positions at Justice, including the head of the civil division, where assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt suddenly announced his departure this week. Berman refused.

A second source familiar with the matter said that Berman was asked to resign and refused. Barr asked Berman to resign at a face-to-face meeting in New York on Friday, the source said.

Midnight announcement

Transfer time, announced after 9 p.m. ET, immediately asked questions about the circumstances related to the departure of Berman.

The forced dismissal of Berman is likely to attract attention within the US attorney’s office and among career prosecutors. He has been a US lawyer for Manhattan since 2018, and under his leadership, his office is demanding former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, is investigating Trump’s Trump beliefs Rudy Giuliani and indicting former New York mayor colleagues Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.

Tensions between New York and the Washington office have increased with Berman and Barr colliding with heads over handling a number of cases, including the Turkish bank’s Halkbank indictment.

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Last fall, Department of Justice officials discussed discussing replacing Berman with Ed O’Callaghan, a senior official, but then the prosecutor charged Giuliani’s colleague, a move that seemed to extend Berman’s term.

Trump and Barr have long questioned the handling of various cases by the office, but people close to the office believe a series of very well-known investigations – including Cohen, Giuliani and Jeffrey Epstein – may have prevented Justice officials from pushing Berman out because his departure would inevitably lead to commotion and accusations of political interference. However, over the past few months, largely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the office has had a relatively calm period, and some believe Barr took the opportunity to overthrow Berman.

Preet Bharara, a senior CNN legal analyst who was dismissed by Trump as a US lawyer for the Southern District shortly after Trump took office in 2017, told Don Lemon to CNN that the late-night announcement was “a very unusual thing to do … when there are various kinds of investigations that go round and round. ”

“The president, his colleagues, there may be anger about the way some previous investigations were carried out, in connection with his former lawyer Michael Cohen and others,” he added.

Democrats on Capitol Hill immediately asked for an answer.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “Dismissal late on Friday night has the potential to corrupt the legal process. What angers President Trump? Previous actions by the US Attorney General or is this ongoing?”

House Justice Chair Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, said “America is right to expect the worst from Bill Barr, who has repeatedly intervened in criminal investigations on Trump’s behalf,” adding that he would invite Berman to testify.

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Old feud with SDNY

Trump often clashes with the chief prosecutor’s office in New York and faces their investigation. In 2018, Trump criticized after federal agents in New York raided Cohen’s offices, homes, and hotel rooms as part of an investigation by federal prosecutors who were examining a hidden money scheme involving Trump and adult film star Stormy Daniels, calling the search “an attack on our country. “Cohen later pleaded guilty to eight counts, including violations of campaign funds, and involving Trump.
Former Trump national security adviser John Bolton wrote in his upcoming book that in 2018, Trump offered to help Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a Justice Department investigation into Turkish bank, Halkbank, with relations with Erdogan who allegedly violated US Iran sanctions. Trump, according to Bolton, told his Turkish partner that the Southern District prosecutor “is not his people, but is the people of Obama,” and the problem will be fixed when they are replaced by Trump. At that time, Berman was installed in the New York office.

Before Clayton was nominated to the SEC post by Trump, he was a corporate lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell. If confirmed, Clayton will be the first prosecutor to lead SDNY.

Barr and Clayton have known each other for years, said Justice officials, and Clayton planned to go back to NY. He expressed interest in SDNY’s work, said Justice officials, and Barr agreed.

Barr said Trump had appointed Craig Carpenito, currently US Attorney for the New Jersey District, to act as a United States lawyer for the Southern District of New York until Clayton was confirmed. Carpenito will start the role on July 3.

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This story has been updated to include additional reporting, background information and reactions.

Caroline Kelly from CNN contributed to this report.

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The expedition will explore “an area still little known”: the Portuguese Sea.

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The expedition will explore "an area still little known": the Portuguese Sea.

The Oceano Azul Foundation has joined the municipalities of Cascais, Mafra and Sintra and set off together this Saturday on the ship “Santa Maria Manuela” for a scientific expedition that will last until 12 October.

On board will be 50 researchers from institutions such as the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), the Hydrographic Institute or the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA). During this time, scientists will embark on what they consider to be an “essential” process of “investigating the region’s natural values” that will allow for a “global assessment of the marine biodiversity” that exists in that region of the ocean.

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Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year, and this is “inconceivable”.

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Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year, and this is "inconceivable".

President of the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks Against Hunger Isabelle Jonet considers food waste unacceptable and absurd, as every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year.

As World Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day is celebrated, speaking at a conference on the subject in Lisbon, the official recalled statistics released by the National Statistical Institute and said the situation was “worse than expected.”

The data, official and published for the first time, refers to 2020 and shows that 1.89 million tons of food was wasted in Portugal this year, so each Portuguese wasted an average of 183.6 kilograms of food.

INE statistics show that families spend the most. The figures show that over 1.2 million tons of food was wasted by families this year, followed by catering with over 237 thousand tons, trade and distribution with 214 thousand tons, primary production with over 101 thousand tons and food . industry, about 61 thousand tons.

“We buy too much, we buy bad, we let it go bad. It is unacceptable that a third of what is produced ends up in the trash,” the official said, speaking at a debate organized by the United Movement Against Waste.

Ana Cristina Carrola of the Portuguese Environmental Protection Agency (APA), who also took part in the debate, stressed that the average amount of waste per year per inhabitant in the European Union is 173 kg, less than the 183 kg that is thrown away by the Portuguese.

“This is unthinkable in our day,” he lamented.

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Thanks to goals from Evanilson and Pepe, Porto beat Braga in Portuguese; Sporting wins too

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Thanks to goals from Evanilson and Pepe, Porto beat Braga in Portuguese;  Sporting wins too



Evanilson scored four goals in eight matches in the 2022/23 Portuguese Liga (Photo: MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP)

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After the draw in the last round Portuguese Championship, Porto won again. This Friday, the defending champions thrashed Braga 4-1 at the Dragau Stadium. Goals came from Evanilson, Eustaquio, Pepe and Galeno. Defender Pepe, against, got to the opponent.

Ex-Fluminense Evanilson opened the scoring in the 32nd minute of the opening stage. Eustaquio tried to make a cross and the Brazilian forward appeared on the second post to prop up his chest. Two minutes later, Pepe filed Eustaquio, who sent the ball into an empty net.

In the final stage, the Portuguese-Brazilian defender Pepe tried to cut off a low cross, but sent him into his own net. Pepe, the former Gremio who assisted, got it from Taremi after a beautiful move that extended the game in the 18th minute. In addition, the Brazilian Galeno closed the account in the north of Portugal.

– I am very happy to score again and, above all, for this victory. A match we knew would be difficult, against a strong opponent who was in good sequence, but in which we managed to impose our rhythm and win three points in front of our fans. Now it’s time to rest and get back to work, already thinking about the next challenge, which is also very important for us, – said Evanilson after the match.

SPORTING TOO WINS

Another great player to take the field this Friday is Sporting CP. In Lisbon, on José de Alvalade, the Lions beat Gil Vicente 3-1. For Rubén Amorim’s side, Morita, Pote Gonçalves and Rocinha scored. Fran Navarro scored in stoppage time.



Sporting CP are the vice-leaders of Portugal (Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

Sporting CP are the vice-leaders of Portugal (Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

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