Cuomo Names Special Prosecutor In Case Of Disgraced AG Schneiderman

Marsha Scott
May 12, 2018

Gleason made the filing, a request for a protective order, to Wood to protect two of the alleged victims' identities after Cohen's office, residence and hotel room were raided by federal officials last month.

That information has come to light as part of the federal investigation into Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime lawyer.

An attorney, Peter Gleason, submitted a letter to the court Friday explaining that two women had come to him a half-decade or more ago with complaints that they were "sexually victimized" by Schneiderman.

Gleason told the Times that this tweet was a result of what he had told Cohen about Schneiderman.

Gleason says that he talked to Cohen about the details of the women's cases, and while he doesn't know what kind of records Cohen kept of their communications, he's anxious that the recent raid and current investigation of Cohen could reveal their identities. The first woman approached him in 2012, and he claims he told her that the justice system would sooner protect Schneiderman than help her.

Gleason says he recently took the information about Schneiderman and delivered it to a retired journalist named Stephen Dunleavy.

Trump had predicted Schneiderman's demise in a tweet sent in September 2013, stating that he would be gone after the falls of fellow NY officials Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer due to sex scandals.

'Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone - next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman. Cohen now is under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors in NY.

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Gleason's letter said Dunleavy did discuss the allegations against Mr. Schneiderman, "as evidenced by a phone call I received from Attorney Michael Cohen".

Schneiderman stepped down as NY state attorney general this week just hours after reports women who accused him of hitting and slapping them. He is the focus of a criminal investigation in the Southern District of NY into whether he violated campaign-finance laws or committed bank fraud.

But Dunleavy denied this account - telling CNBC on Friday that he didn't talk to Trump about the matter after Gleason had told him about the two women.

Trump settled the Trump University case in late 2016, after he was elected president, for $25 million.

Eliot Spitzer resigned as governor of NY in 2008 after his dalliance with a prostitute was revealed.

Yes, Gleason says that women came to him a few years ago with details of serious allegations against Schneiderman, and at one point he spoke with Cohen about it. "Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner".

"Just to be clear: not one source for our story on Schneiderman has any ties to Trump or Michael Cohen", tweeted New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer.

James was considered a frontrunner for the position left vacant by Eric Schneiderman.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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