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URGENT – Powerful US attorney in New York stepping down, Barr says

(CNN) — Geoffrey Berman, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, is resigning, the Justice Department said late Friday. Attorney General William Barr said in a statement that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Jay Clayton, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to replace him. Berman’s unexpected exit is likely to draw scrutiny inside the US attorney’s office and among career prosecutors.

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