President Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, were told of sexual misconduct allegations by former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in 2013, according to a letter filed Friday in a New York federal court, Washington Times has reported.
In 2013, when Trump was first exploring the possibility of running for president, Trump and his lawyer got the shocking information that the New York AG, was accused of sexually abusing two women.
Cohen’s lawyer, Peter Gleason submitted a letter to the court claiming two women approached him “some years ago”, according to Washington Times. Mr. Gleason said the women were unrelated and approached him about year apart. Another woman contacted his office in 2013 with an almost identical story of victimization by Mr. Schneiderman, according to the letter.
Trump himself in 2013 hinted at this knowledge in a Tweet: “Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone — next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman. Is he a crook? Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner,” Mr. Trump tweeted.
Schneiderman and Trump have a long adversarial relationship. In 2012, the Attorney General sought to sue Trump University in state court and later filed a federal complaint in 2013 alleging the school defrauded students.
“It is disturbing to imagine that somebody under investigation by the attorney general’s office would have been in a position to have information that would be damaging to the attorney general,” according to Harry Sandick, a former federal prosecutor in Manhattan who was quoted Crain’s.
Mr. Gleason advised the women not to report the allegations to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office because he feared their stories would be ignored, the letter said. Instead, the idea was floated to approach the media about the sexual misconduct allegations, Washington Times reported. Mr. Gleason discussed the allegations with Stephen Dunleavy, a retired New York Post journalist.
Mr. Dunleavy offered to discuss the matter with Trump, according to the court filing. “Mr. Dunleavy did indeed discuss this very matter with Mr. Trump as evidenced by a phone call I received from attorney Michael Cohen,” Mr. Gleason wrote in the letter. “During my communications with Mr. Cohen, I shared with them certain details of Schneiderman’s vile attacks on these two women.”
Schneiderman abruptly announced his resignation Monday after the bombshell report the New Yorker released which detailed allegations from four women who said Schneiderman slapped, choked or spat on them. According to the New Yorker report, the two women have alleged that they were repeatedly hit by Schneiderman while he was in a drunken rage, frequently in bed and never with their consent. They have termed the physical violence as “assault.” The magazine stated: “They did not report their allegations to the police at the time, but both say that they eventually sought medical attention after having been slapped hard across the ear and face and choked.
By Jared Evan