Former President Trump is facing new political problems as Senate Democrats are opening investigations into allegations made about the former President putting pressure on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to probe into his political opponent’s actions. Former U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman wrote in his new book that under Trump the DOJ was often pressured into creating criminal cases against political opponents of Trump. An example of this was the case against Secretary of State John Kerry.
Following the FBI’s raid into Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, the Senate’s Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced that they would be looking into these allegations.
On Tuesday in an interview with MSNBC, Berman said that “I welcome the investigation.” He also added that the actions taken were outrageous and someone needs to shed light on them.
Berman served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) from 2018 until his forced resignation in 2020. In his new book, he alleges that his office pursued charges from a guilty plea given by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
He further spoke about the investigation into former Trump White House official Stephen Bannon, which led to Bannon being charged and then pardoned. Berman also spoke about a criminal case targeting Kerry. This was following Trump’s tweets in which he attacked Kerry for the communications with Iranian officials in regards to the Iran nuclear deal.
With Trump potentially choosing to run for the 2024 election, Democrats have taken this opportunity to bring exposure to the former President’s conduct. They have also been discussing the handling of classified material by Trump.
Durbin noted in regards to Berman’s allegations that these acts would not be in line with the mission of the DOJ.