‘Bravo’: SDNY prosecutor praised online — while House Judiciary calls him to testify on Wednesday
United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey S. Berman, DOJ photo.

Bizarre events unfolded on Friday night over the leadership of the Southern District of New York.

The federal prosecutors' office in Manhattan, called the "Sovereign District of New York" for its renowned independence, was the focus of national attention.

It started when Bill Barr's Department of Justice announced that U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman would be "stepping down."

Legal experts were stunned and the internet worried about fascism.

But then Berman defiantly countered the DOJ and announced he had "no intention of resigning."

“I learned in a press release from the Attorney General tonight that I was ‘stepping down’ as United States Attorney. I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning , my position, to which I was appointed by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York,” Berman said in a statement.

“I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate,” he explained.

“Until then, our investigations will move forward without delay or interruption,” he vowed.

The events escalated further when House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) urged Berman to testify on Wednesday.

Here's some of what people were saying about the situation: