Robert Mueller’s report has been submitted, and at least some version of it is supposed to be made public as soon as this weekend. Mueller reportedly won’t indict anyone else, but as we’ve explained, Democratic leaders in Congress are expecting additional indictments from federal prosecutors such as SDNY, and those could come very soon. To that end, SDNY just made a major new prosecutorial hire.
Geoffrey Berman is the current U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, but he recused himself from all Trump-related investigations from day one, due to his past ties to Trump. That left the number two person at SDNY, Robert Khuzami, in charge of the criminal case against Michael Cohen. We would have expected Khuzami to also lead the way on any Trump-related SDNY indictments that could soon be unsealed – except that Khuzami is retiring, and he’s been replaced by a big name.
The new #2 at SDNY is Audrey Strauss, who has a storied career. Back in the day she defeated Donald Trump’s mentor Roy Cohn in taking down a mafia leader. Since that time her career has been focused on aggressive white collar criminal enforcement.
Keep in mind that Audrey Strauss is going to have authority over any Trump related criminal prosecutions by the SDNY going forward – and her specialty consists of taking down crime families and white collar criminals. Read into that whatever you like. We’ll all find out SDNY’s next moves soon enough.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report