Stand-off with Attorney General Barr ends, as New York prosecutor agrees to resign

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Geoffrey S. Berman speaks at a news conference in New York

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Manhattan's top federal prosecutor Geoffrey Berman agreed to resign from his post on Saturday, after Attorney General William Barr said he would allow Berman's deputy to take over the job until a permanent replacement can be installed.

"In light of Attorney General Barr’s decision to respect the normal operation of law and have Deputy U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss become Acting U.S. Attorney, I will be leaving the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, effective immediately," Berman said in a statement.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Daniel Wallis)