President Donald Trump has chosen a law partner of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani to replace Preet Bharara, who was fired by the president in March, as Manhattan's top federal prosecutor.
Geoffrey Berman was appointed Wednesday afternoon as interim US attorney for the Southern District of New York by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department announced.
Trump will ask the US Senate to confirm Berman within the next 120 days, according to a source familiar with the process.
Berman and Giuliani are both partners at the law firm Greenberg Traurig.
A Stanford-trained lawyer, Berman was a Manhattan federal prosecutor from 1990 to 1994, after previously serving three years as an associate under Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh during the Iran/Contra scandal.