Legal experts muse about Barr's attempt to fire SDNY prosecutor overseeing charges against Epstein’s alleged trafficker
The FBI arrested Ghislaine Maxwell in New Hampshire Thursday morning. The prosecutors are from SDNY, the Southern District of New York’s U.S. Attorney’s office. That’s the same office for which Attorney General Bill Barr claimed U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Berman two weeks ago was “stepping down.” He then tried to fire Berman until Berman ultimately resigned once he was certain his deputy, Audrey Strauss, would be named his successor, and after Barr claimed President Trump had fired him.
That was less than two weeks ago.
Now some legal experts are hinting or musing about Barr’s sudden and ham-handed out-of-the-blue attempt bury Berman and today’s arrest of alleged procurer and sex trafficker for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell. Allegedly, some say, Donald Trump has a lot to fear if Maxwell talks.
Others may also have a lot to fear, as LA Times Legal Affairs Columnist Harry Litman, a former U.S. Attorney notes:
Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss files charges against Epstein enabler Ghislaine Maxwell. Lots and lots of soc… https://t.co/wrHsCHLocj— Harry Litman (@Harry Litman)1593702176.0
But first, here’s the now acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Audrey Strauss, speaking about today’s arrest and indictment of Ghislaine Maxwell.
SDNY officials announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell. https://t.co/V0F6LFYfvr "Maxwell played a critical role… https://t.co/RQOupv8WSW— ABC News (@ABC News)1593706432.0
Here’s what some legal experts are saying right now:
Attorney, Yahoo News contributor, and frequent political commentator Luppe Luppen:
SDNY of course has a lot of investigations at any one time, many of them politically sensitive, most of them somewh… https://t.co/43o1T8AjH9— southpaw (@southpaw)1593700555.0
Trump was frequently photographed with Maxwell, as well as Epstein. https://t.co/o9bclSIToG— southpaw (@southpaw)1593703566.0
CNN Legal Analyst and former federal prosecutor Elie Honig:
SDNY just announced the Ghislaine Maxwell case - like the original Epstein case - is staffed by the Public Corrupti… https://t.co/oUUiM1KJmK— Elie Honig (@Elie Honig)1593706706.0
NBC News National Security Contributor Frank Figluzzi, a former FBI Assistant Director weighs in on Honig’s tweet:
@eliehonig Two words: Alex Acosta.— Frank Figliuzzi (@Frank Figliuzzi)1593709621.0
Alex Acosta of course is the former Trump Labor Secretary who was forced to resign in the wake of national outrage over the sweetheart deal he gave to Jeffrey Epstein when he was a prosecutor.
@jkbjournalist Someone please take Alex Acosta’s passport.— Frank Figliuzzi (@Frank Figliuzzi)1593709663.0
Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, now an NBC News and MSNBC Legal Analyst:
Interesting that this arrest came right after Bill Barr tried to stack the SDNY deck by firing US Attorney Geoffrey… https://t.co/fTZUevoYC1— Glenn Kirschner (@Glenn Kirschner)1593696552.0
Meanwhile, other legal experts are mocking alleged Epstein “pal” Alan Deershowitz:
.@AlanDersh how you holding up?— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss)1593702421.0
Finally, this tweet from May is making its way around Twitter again today:
"Who was the person who introduced Epstein to NYC high society? Bill Barr's father. Who buried the Epstein case aft… https://t.co/q0QwD4U6eb— Sarah Kendzior (@Sarah Kendzior)1589377575.0