After putting himself through college by working odd jobs as a dishwasher and overnight dockworker, Mr. Khuzami has had a number of brushes with power, both in the locations he worked and the people he prosecuted.
In his earlier Southern District stint, in the 1990 s, Mr. Khuzami cut his teeth as a terrorism and monetary criminal offenses prosecutor. In maybe his greatest case, Mr. Khuzami helped safe and secure the conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman and other conspirators in a plot to blow up New York City landmarks.
In 2002, he signed up with Deutsche Bank, where he ultimately ended up being basic counsel for the firm’s American arm. He left in 2009, throughout the Obama administration, to run the Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement division, where he sued Goldman Sachs over monetary crisis-era misconduct.
In his function as deputy United States attorney over the previous 15 months, Mr. Khuzami has actually supervised several examinations that Mr. Berman was recused from, but none was more prominent than Mr. Cohen’s case, which burst into public view in April 2018 when the F.B.I. raided Mr. Cohen’s home, workplace and hotel space.
Four months later, Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty to breaking project financing laws, including for paying $130,000 to the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels to keep her peaceful about an affair she said she had with Mr. Trump. Mr. Khuzami’s prosecutors argued that the payment was an excessive contribution to Mr. Trump’s project, keeping in mind that Ms. Daniels’s silence boosted his election chances and that project finance law caps individual contributions to a governmental candidate in the general election at $2,700.
In seeking a stiff sentence for Mr. Cohen, Mr. Khuzami’s prosecutors contended in a court filing that “he acted in coordination with and at the instructions of” Mr. Trump. The president later on suggested that Mr. Khuzami’s district attorneys used the case versus Mr. Cohen to embarrass him.
Even with Mr. Khuzami’s departure, the Southern District is expected to continue its investigation into the hush cash payments, which might involve a choice about whether to take any future action against Mr. Trump or others at the Trump Company, where Mr. Cohen had worked for a years.