Anti-Trump AG Eric Schneiderman's Resignation Doesn't Change Anything for Trump

NY Attorney General Stepping Down Following Abuse Allegations
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09 May, 2018

Eric Schneiderman has officially resigned as New York's attorney general, a day after four women accused him of physical violence in accounts published by The New Yorker. "Our investigation. has uncovered a pervasive pattern of sexual harassment, intimidation, discrimination and abuse at the Weinstein Company", Schneiderman said, outlining the findings at a news conference.

The state's Solicitor General, Barbara Underwood, will serve as acting attorney general until the Legislature appoints a successor to fill out the last eight months of Schneiderman's second four-year term.

Schneiderman said he has "engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity" but never did anything against a woman's will.

"I applaud the courageous women for coming forward with their stories because these actions are not tolerable from a public servant". 'Oh, don't say anything.

She links the abuse to drinking, as does the other woman named in the story, Selvaratnam, who says she also stayed in a relationship with Schneiderman for more than a year.

The National Organization for Women is demanding that the NY state legislature should appoint a woman with a strong record of protecting women from sexual predators to replace Eric Schneiderman.

What happens to Eric Schneiderman's investigations? "New Yorkers deserve an independent watchdog who will pursue corruption no matter the party, the perpetrator or the office holder", said Molinaro. Underwood, 72, is a former Yale Law School professor who once worked as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and served as acting US solicitor general from 1998 to 2001.

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"The Senate can not turn a blind eye to an act of domestic violence, a crime for which the state of NY has a zero-tolerance policy, and an attempt to evade responsibility for such a crime through dishonesty and bullying". Xavier Becerra, the California attorney general and Schneiderman's counterweight on the West Coast, said in a statement sent to ny he would continue to fight in federal court and elsewhere.

And outside of celebrity circles, men including Clay Johnson and Don Hazen (briefly my own boss) found great success in progressive organizing and media largely by promoting themselves and strong-arming perceived detractors; it was little surprise to learn from recent reporting that they allegedly also bullied, sexually harassed and demeaned the women around them.

"It's just a shame that it has to be at the highest level of New York State law enforcement", said Lupardo.

"Without the reporting of the @nytimes and the @newyorker_and the courageous women and men who spoke up about the sexual harassment they endured at the hands of powerful men_there would not be the critical national reckoning underway".

At a police headquarters briefing, Commissioner James O'Neill confirmed none of the women filed complaints against Schneiderman. "For progressives, who have seen this as an office standing against President Trump, this is going to play much larger than a race for AG normally would".

Meanwhile, Barbara Underwood, the NY solicitor general since January, 2007, will serve as acting attorney general. He has denied assaulting anyone or engaging in nonconsensual sex.

Schneiderman, a former state senator, became attorney general in 2010 and had been running for re-election this year.

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