What is still unclear is why William Barr was so motivated to remove Berman that he first issued a false claim that Berman had resigned—prompting a public response from Berman stating that he quite emphatically had not—and a second, later claim to Berman that Donald Trump had fired him—only to have Trump soon afterward declare to reporters that he was “not involved” in the firing. No matter how you parse out that series of events, it’s so far impossible to come up with an explanation that is not, on Barr’s part, brazenly corrupt.

Source: There’s no explanation for Barr’s ouster of a U.S. Attorney that isn’t inherently corrupt