Allegations of Eric Schneiderman abuse went to Trump, attorney says


An attorney said in a federal court filing on Friday that President Donald Trump knew of allegations of sexual misconduct against Eric Schneiderman, the disgraced former NY attorney general, in 2013.

A lawyer who argued for Trump on the attorney-client privilege matter also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

After the second woman approached him in 2013 with her story, Gleason said that he wanted to make sure that their stories weren't "brushed under the rug", so he spoke with Stephen Dunleavy, a former New York Post columnist and reporter on "A Current Affair".

Perhaps two things happened unrelated: Trump being aware and the New Yorker finding out independently.

"I did receive a call from Cohen the next day", Gleason said, adding that before that call, "Cohen didn't know me from a hole in the wall".

The court documents were filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY on Friday.

Schneiderman stepped down as NY state attorney general this week just hours after reports women who accused him of hitting and slapping them.

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'Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone - next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman. Mr. Trump has tweeted a number of insults about Schneiderman that were less vague than the one mentioning former New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer or former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, both of whom saw their political careers ended by sex scandals. None of our leads came via Trump people, and we had no knowledge of Gleason.

Dunleavy 'suggested and offered to discuss the matter with Donald Trump.

During my communications with Mr. Cohen I shared with him certain details of Mr. Schneiderman's vile attacks on these two women.

Gleason's tale of what he did with the information involves several colorful NY characters of the 80s ad 90s. There had been deep animus between Mr. Trump and Mr. Schneiderman ever since Mr. Schneiderman filed a $40 million civil fraud lawsuit against Trump University in August 2013.

In his letter to Wood, Gleason said he was motivated to seek an order protecting information about the women by alleged reckless behavior by Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels.

In an interview Friday, Gleason said that soon after he spoke with Cohen, Trump tweeted the following message, on September 11, 2013. After he was elected president, Trump settled the Trump University litigation. Schneiderman denied the allegations but resigned from his position just hours after the story broke Monday evening.

The documents obtained by the government in the raids are now going through a review process to determine what falls under attorney-client privilege and what prosecutors can use going forward.