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William barr William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing on January 15, 2019. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi / NLJ

The resignation of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman on Saturday capped a tumultuous 24-hour moment within the Justice Department.

Many lawyers watching from afar supported Berman’s refusal to leave his post heading the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Others said Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr were within their right to replace Berman, who serves at the president’s pleasure.

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Nate Robson is the executive editor for The National Law Journal. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @Nate_Robson1.

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