Lawyer Says Donald Trump Knew About Former AG Schneiderman's Alleged Sex Victims

  • Lawyer Says Donald Trump Knew About Former AG Schneiderman's Alleged Sex Victims

Lawyer Says Donald Trump Knew About Former AG Schneiderman's Alleged Sex Victims

An attorney claimed in a federal court filing Friday that President Donald Trump knew of allegations of sexual misconduct against disgraced former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in 2013. Instead, he kept the information to himself as Schneiderman investigated Trump University, and as Trump ran for president.

Michael Cohen was aware of and discussed accusations of violent behavior against ex-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a lawyer alleged in a letter filed Friday morning in the litigation over the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of Cohen's office, home, and hotel room. Schneiderman's scandal-forced exit rocked legal and political circles just days earlier, and none of the anonymous women whose interests Gleason purports to represent were among the trio who spoke out publicly against Schneiderman on Monday.

In an interview shortly after his letter was filed, Gleason - without offering details or corroborating evidence of his account - said that during their conversation five years ago, Cohen told him that if Trump, who was thinking of running for NY governor at the time, were to be elected, he would help bring to light the women's accusations against Schneiderman.

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

That perfectly matches the timeline in Gleason's letter. He has called Schneiderman a "crook", a "lightweight", "the worst attorney general in the United States", an "incumbent lightweight dope", a "total loser", and accused him of wearing mascara or eyeliner.

What Gleason did do was contact Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen.

Gleason says he recently took the information about Schneiderman and delivered it to a retired journalist named Stephen Dunleavy. In August of that year, Schneiderman's office sued Trump University, a now-defunct real estate seminar program, alleging it had swindled its students.

MSNBC's Joy Reid, filling in for Rachel Maddow Friday evening, explained the extremely convoluted twist to the Eric Schneiderman abuse allegations story that somehow - nearly unbelievably - has ties to both President Donald Trump and his frequently newsworthy fixer and lawyer, Michael Cohen. Is he a crook?

It could help explain a cryptic 2013 Trump tweet.

Dunleavy denied this account - he told CNBC on Friday that he didn't talk to Trump about the matter.

Gleason said he mentioned the women's allegation in the summer of 2013 to former New York Post columnist Steve Dunleavy. "I shared with him certain details of Schneiderman's vile attacks on these two women", Gleason wrote. "The extent of Mr. Cohen memorializing any of our communications is unknown", he writes.

Schneiderman's lawyer, Isabelle Kirshner, declined to comment. "'Unfortunately, I had to advise this woman against reporting the incident to the Manhattan District Attorney Office" due to what he said was it past experience ignoring 'political corruption'.

In his letter to Wood, Gleason said he was motivated by alleged reckless behavior by Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels.