A high-stakes fight over control of the nation’s most prominent federal prosecutor’s office broke out Friday night, as Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman rejected Attorney General William Barr’s assertion that Mr. Berman had resigned from his post.

Mr. Barr said in an email shortly after 9 p.m. Friday that Mr. Berman, whose office has overseen investigations into President Trump’s closest allies, was stepping down. Two hours later, Mr. Berman responded that he only learned he was “‘stepping down’ as United States Attorney”…

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