Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Cuomo decision to probe Schneiderman abuse allegations stirs up debate

Cuomo decision to probe Schneiderman abuse allegations stirs up debate

Samantha Bee had a harsh message for former Full Frontal guest Eric Schneiderman, who was the subject of a New Yorker investigation this week reporting that he had sexually abused or harassed four women, on Wednesday night: "You are trash and we do not need you", she said as part of a minutes-long tirade against the former NY attorney general. Hours after the story broke that four women had accused him of nonconsensual sexual physical violence, Schneiderman, 63, resigned from his post.

In a separate statement about his resignation, Schneiderman, a Democrat, said: "While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office's work at this critical time".

He is now facing a criminal investigation by a special prosecutor appointed by the governor.

If investigators find evidence Schneiderman verbally abused someone but did not cause visible physical injury, it would be considered harassment, a violation that has a statute of limitations of one year. "The victims deserve nothing less".

Schneiderman was now heading the investigation into film producer Harvey Weinstein, whose history of sexual harassment and assault was revealed by The New Yorker as well.

The state Legislature should follow the lead of other states by expanding the exemption to double-jeopardy projections, freeing New York's attorney general to prosecute aides who might get pardoned to obstruct the Mueller investigation.

The New Yorker story was written by Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow. Mr. "The fearless women who chose to come forward deserve swift and definitive justice in this matter", Cuomo said in a statement.

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"I have no idea whether or not that is true", he continued. "Interference with law enforcement investigations by an elected chief executive should always be viewed with great care, especially these days, given the propensity of our elected executive at the federal level in Washington to make statements and take actions that jeopardize the independence of our criminal justice system".

That resulted in a spitting match between Cuomo and Vance, who argued that he had jurisdiction over the case.

Schneiderman allegedly assaulted gal pals in Vance's Manhattan territory, but Cuomo tapped the Nassau DA to investigate because of the supposed conflict.

"What that tells me as a former investigator is that they had a lot more information on him than we do", said Giglio, a former deputy inspector general in the Attorney General's Office.

The Constitution grants the president broad powers to issue pardons. The cover letter and resume may be emailed to He came up through the world of public interest law, one of those do-good types who keep protesters away from abortion clinics and government running with a minimum of corruption.

In the November 2017 segment, Schneiderman is turned into "Schneider-Man" and Bee proclaims, "You are a superhero!"

Cuomo says Singas also will probe whether Schneiderman used his staff or office resources to facilitate the alleged abusive liaisons.

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