Trump, Michael Co­hen Were Told of Abuse Charges vs Sch­nei­der­man in 2013

The Jewish Voice - - NATIONAL - By Jared Evan

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 an-

nounced 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.

Pres­i­dent Trump’s cryptic tweet from 2013, which fore­shad­owed the reve­la­tions and res­ig­na­tion of At­tor­ney Gen­eral Sch­nei­der­man

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