Trump And Barr May Have Met Their Match

The United Stated District Court For The Southern District Of New York.  If you pay any attention at all to the news, you've heard this name.  In the legal world, this office is legendary.  An office than has always existed above partisan politics.  They have taken down entire arms of the mafia.  Politicians.  Drug lords.  It doesn't matter who you are... Democrat, Republican, Mob Boss... If the Southern District gets you in their cross hairs, you're going down.  They don't care about politics, just the law.

Remember the Supreme Court hearing on Trump's Taxes a few weeks back?  The Southern District is the office who is after them.  For the better part of three years, they have been investigating not only Trump, but many of his allies.  

And after many attempts to shut those investigations down, Trump and Barr had had enough.  We've seen it frequently of late; anyone who investigates any aspect of Trump is sent packing, leading many to wonder how Republicans... the "party of law and order", can possibly be ok with that.... four different White House Investigators have been cut loose.

Barr released a statement quietly on Friday night.... that's how they do it in Trump world; wait until there are large fires burning to distract people and quietly issue a statement hoping no one will notice... thanking Powerful attorney Geoffery Berman for his service and announcing he was stepping down.

But in a statement that absolutely rocked the White House; all of Washington, in fact... Berman responded with this:

"I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position, to which I was appointed by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate," Berman said. "Until then, our investigations will move forward without delay or interruption."

The Buzzfeed report (Link) creates more drama for a Justice Department already under seige.

In a shocking statement issued Saturday morning, District Office Assistant Attorney Daniel Jacobson issued a stunning rebuke of Barr and Trump, and took the unprecedented step of naming some of their investigations.

"The Southern District is not run by President Trump or by Attorney General William Barr.  They have endeavored to shut down investigations into the President, Rudy Giuliani, Mitch McConnell, Jim Jordan and others.  This office has never and will never be manipulated via politics and partisanship.  Our investigations will continue and will be completed.  The United States Of America is not a dictatorship."

Trump has already begun his Twitter attacks, calling Berman a "Never Trumper".  But he is on shaky ground; Berman is a far right conservative who historically supported Trump; he was, in fact a major financial contributor to his 2016 campaign, and considered until now to be a Trump Insider.