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Claims against Schneiderman follow common pattern in domestic abuse

11 May 2018

A newly announced Republican-Conservative candidate for NY attorney general is asking "who else knew" about the allegations that led to the downfall of Democrat Eric Schneiderman.

The state Senate's Republican women's caucus earlier Wednesday called for Schneiderman to donate all his remaining campaign funds to anti-domestic violence programs.

On Monday night, Schneiderman said he would resign at the close of business Tuesday because the claims will "effectively prevent me from leading the office's work at this critical time". And Schneiderman himself got caught on the defensive as he refused to release potentially-damaging correspondence in which his office coordinated its attacks on Exxon with climate activists.

Now New York's top prosecutor is facing his own investigation.

Schneiderman announced his resignation within hours of an explosive New Yorker article alleging he sexually and physically assaulted four women. The Manhattan District Attorney's Office said it has launched a probe into the alleged abuse. Schneiderman also filed a lawsuit challenging the credibility of Trump University in 2013.

"I think the article was graphic and definitive in the reporting of the statements, actions, behavior and corroboration", New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo said of The New Yorker story.

His office has given no indication the course there is changing.

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Michelle Manning Barish (above): After four weeks of being involved with Mr Schneiderman, she says that, as they were preparing for bed and still fully clothed, he "all of a sudden, just slapped me, open-handed and with great force, across the face" and then pushed her down and began to choke her.

She noted that there's an added stigma of violence that occurs during sex.

Schneiderman's aggressive actions against Exxon had to be repeatedly walked back as his legal strategy would reverse directions entirely. But when it comes to blocking the administration's most regressive policies, other states' attorneys general are likely to fill any vacuum left behind. He led a coalition of state AGs suing EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt over rule changes to the Clean Water Act, and helped in the effort to protect President Obama's Clean Power Plan.

Harris Kluger said what's even more hard to understand is that her group worked with Schneiderman when he was a state senator to craft a law to make strangulation a crime.

There have been several candidates mentioned as possible attorney general appointees, including New York City Public Advocate Tish James, U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice, law professor and former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout and U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. "They haven't lost any of the lawyers who are working on the cases".

Suffolk Count District Attorney Timothy Sini also announced that his office will investigate one of the alleged incidents that occurred in the Hamptons, according to this week's bombshell report in The New Yorker magazine.

Claims against Schneiderman follow common pattern in domestic abuse