Schumer Seeks Appointment of First Black U.S. Attorney in Manhattan

If nominated and confirmed, Damian Williams would take over a famously independent and powerful office that is investigating Rudy Giuliani.

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Court Extends Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss’ Term, as Inauguration Nears

A quirk of legal timing had left Audrey Strauss’s tenure as acting head of the Southern District of New York set to expire just before the end of the Trump administration.

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Turkish Bank Case Showed Erdogan’s Influence With Trump

New details of the Justice Department’s handling of the accusations against Halkbank reveal how Turkey’s leader pressured the president, prompting concern from top White House aides.

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Former Manhattan Federal Prosecutor Fired by Trump to Teach at Stanford

Geoffrey S. Berman will be a visiting professor of law at Stanford Law School.

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Jay Clayton, Would-Be Prosecutor, Says He’s Focused on His Current Job

Mr. Clayton, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, answered questions from House Democrats about his unusual nomination to be the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan.

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Inside Barr’s Effort to Undermine Prosecutors in N.Y.

The firing of the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan was foreshadowed by a disagreement over a case linked to President Trump.

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For Barr, Standoff With Prosecutor Adds to String of Miscues

The attorney general has found himself at odds with the White House on high-profile issues in recent weeks.

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Trump Fired Her Boss. Now She’s Taking Cases That Incensed White House.

Audrey Strauss has been a behind-the-scenes force in the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan as it pursued cases against people connected to President Trump.

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Will Trump’s Autocratic Tendencies Get Worse, Now That He’s Behind in the Polls?

The president, surrounded by loyalists, is heading in an ominous direction.

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Bill Barr, Not Geoffrey Berman, Should Have Lost His Job This Weekend

The attorney general, Bill Barr, undermined the rule of law by forcing out Geoffrey Berman, the United States attorney in Manhattan.

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Jay Clayton, Low-Profile Regulator, Is Catapulted Into a Political Fight

Amid a muted tenure at the S.E.C., the corporate lawyer is now the Trump administration’s intended nominee to be the top prosecutor for the Southern District of New York.

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Trump Fires Berman After Tensions Rose Over Inquiries

The president’s move deepened a crisis over the independence of law enforcement and the president’s purge of officials he views as disloyal.

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Who Can Fire a Court-Appointed U.S. Attorney? A New Legal Fight, Explained

No definitive precedent exists but there is some reason to believe that the president — but not the attorney general — has the authority.

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Two Men Are Accused of Posing as New York Police Officers in Armed Robbery

Prosecutors said that the men, wearing bulletproof vests, medical masks and gloves, robbed a Manhattan jewelry store of $150,000 in valuables.

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Prince Andrew and U.S. Prosecutor in Nasty Dispute Over Epstein Case

The spat over whether the prince is willing to help in a sex-trafficking inquiry escalated, with a top federal prosecutor effectively calling the British royal a liar.

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A Car Salesman, a Macedonian Ex-Minister and a $45 Million Mask Scheme

Prosecutors charged a New Jersey man who was part of an unlikely crew that sought a lucrative deal to provide desperately needed protective equipment.

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U.S. Attorney Candidate for Manhattan: A Canny Mind With Humor

As President Trump’s top choice to succeed the fired Preet Bharara, Geoffrey S. Berman has a solid résumé but not a “huge presence.”

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