President Trump has interviewed at least two potential candidates for U.S. attorney positions in New York, including one person who, if nominated and confirmed, would have jurisdiction over Trump Tower in Manhattan, two people familiar with the matter told Politico.
It's unclear when Trump met with Geoffrey Berman of the law firm Greenburg Traurig and Ed McNally of the firm Kasowitz Benson Torres, Politico reports. Berman is seen as a possible candidate for U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, which oversees Manhattan, and McNally for the Eastern District. White House Counsel Don McGahn is leading the process of filling the U.S. attorney posts, and an administration official told Politico that Trump asks for regular updates on the Southern District position.
Trump also personally met with Jessie Liu when she was a candidate for U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, documents submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee show, and she was later confirmed by the Senate. "To be very blunt, these three jurisdictions will have authority to bring indictments over the ongoing special counsel investigation into Trump campaign collusion with the Russians and potential obstruction of justice by the president of the United States," Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told Politico on Thursday. "For him to be interviewing candidates for that prosecutor who may in turn consider whether to bring indictments involving him and his administration seems to smack of political interference." Catherine Garcia