With Bannon Arrest, ‘Sovereign District’ Sends Another Salvo

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Professor Bruce Green, director of the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics, shared his expert opinion with The Associated Press regarding the arrest of former presidential chief strategist, Steven Bannon.

If the recent firing of the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan was intended to quell criminal investigations into President Donald Trump’s close associates, as some have accused, federal prosecutors in New York appear to have missed the memo.

Thursday’s arrest of Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, served as a stark reminder that no one who has been within the president’s inner circle is automatically immune from federal scrutiny.

“It shows that the Trump administration cannot fully protect the president’s former associates from federal criminal prosecution simply by firing U.S. attorneys like Geoffrey Berman who honor their responsibility to seek impartial justice,” said Green, who now directs the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics at the Fordham University School of Law.

Green said in June that Berman’s firing “certainly wasn’t a routine decision, and the only fair inference is that there are some cases where the office is proceeding too independently.”

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