MICHAEL BALSAMO and LARRY NEUMEISTER
WASHINGTON (AP) — An extraordinary standoff between Attorney General William Barr and Manhattan's top federal prosecutor ended Saturday when the prosecutor agreed to leave his job with an assurance that investigations by the prosecutor's office into the president's allies would not be disturbed.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman announced he would leave his post, ending increasingly nasty exchanges between Barr and Berman. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, had distanced himself from the dispute, telling reporters the decision "was all up to the attorney general."
This episode has raised new questions about political interference in the Justice Department, particularly given that Berman was investigating Trump's personal lawyer, R