Attorney General William Barr said Saturday afternoon that President Trump had fired the Manhattan U.S. attorney at his request, the latest twist in a legal showdown between the Justice Department and the nation’s most prominent federal prosecutor’s office.

Mr. Barr informed U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman of his decision in a letter, saying he was “surprised and quite disappointed” by Mr. Berman’s statement late Friday night disputing Mr. Barr’s assertion earlier in the evening that he had stepped down.

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