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Audrey Strauss Takes Over as Manhattan US Attorney Following Berman’s Dramatic Ouster
In Strauss, the Southern District gained a leader who is regarded as a titan of the white-collar bar, with deep ties to Berman’s office and experience handling sensitive investigations into members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle, including Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney who pleaded to criminal tax evasion and campaign-finance violations in 2018.
By Tom McParland | June 22, 2020 at 02:36 PM

Audrey Strauss (Courtesy photo)
Audrey Strauss, the former top deputy to Geoffrey Berman, is set to take over the reins of the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office this week, after her old boss agreed to resign Saturday following a 20-hour standoff with U.S. Attorney General William Barr over his removal.

Berman’s initial refusal to step down on Friday night was widely praised over the weekend for helping to secure continuity within the Southern District of New York, an office that has historically prided itself on its independence.
The resolution that took shape on Saturday, with Strauss becoming acting U.S. attorney, was perceived as a retreat for Barr and the Trump administration, which had initially planned to install Craig Carpenito, the U.S. attorney for New Jersey in the post until Berman’s successor could secure U.S. Senate confirmation.

Trump has said that he intends to nominate Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton to serve as U.S. attorney for the Southern District.
In Strauss, the Southern District gained a leader who is regarded as a titan of the white-collar bar, with deep ties to Berman’s office and experience handling sensitive investigations into members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle, including Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney who pleaded to criminal tax evasion and campaign-finance violations in 2018.

“She is obviously very familiar with these investigations,” said Harry Sandick, a partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler and a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District, said Sunday.

Source: Audrey Strauss Takes Over as Manhattan US Attorney Following Berman’s Dramatic Ouster | New York Law Journal