Cuomo appoints special prosecutor to investigate Schneiderman

Reporter who broke Schneiderman abuse allegations dismisses 'role-playing' defense

When Schneiderman announced his lawsuit against peaceful pro-life counselors previous year, he said, "We are not a nation where you can choose your point of view", and that pro-life Christians "run their mouths" with "unlawful, un-American rhetoric".

The New Yorker magazine published a report quoting the women, two of them ex-girlfriends, who accused Mr Schneiderman, 63, of hitting them.

What is so confounding to Giglio is that Schneiderman embraced the #MeToo movement and ordered an investigation into accusations against Harvey Weinstein as more women came forward previous year to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

The Democratic governor said he was creating a special prosecutor because there could be a conflict of interest.

Schneiderman has denied abusing anyone. She said that domestic violence "thrives in silence" so it happens more often because we aren't talking about it. President of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, Andrea Miller, said, "There is no way to reconcile his public record with his private actions".

Candidates must meet the minimum requirements for the position, which include being a US citizen and a resident of NY for the last five years.

Powerful fellow Democrats, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen.

Schneiderman had investigated a number of Trump business entities - including Trump University - and it's hard to know if the next attorney general will continue watch-dogging the president's businesses so methodically.

"You were saying???" Donald Trump Jr. tweeted.

"In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity", he said in a statement Monday.

The allegations forced Schneiderman to resign.

In an interview with CNN, Ronan Farrow, co-author of the New Yorker story, disputed Schneiderman's account. "It wasn't in a gray area at all".

But Schneiderman's office had been tasked with investigating the Manhattan district attorney's office over its handling of a 2015 sex assault probe involving filmmaker Harvey Weinstein that resulted in no criminal charges.

Cuomo also directed Singas to investigate whether Schneiderman may have used his staff and office resources to "facilitate alleged abusive liaisons referenced in the article".

In a turnabout-is-fair-play move, Mr. Vance's office announced that it was investigating the allegations against Mr. Schneiderman.

The same day as his resignation, Schneiderman's office put out a press releaseannouncing that he was leading a phalanx of attorneys general to challenge Pruitt's "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science" rule, which would require the EPA to use evidence that came from publicly available.

But this is one state intrusion on New York City home rule that some city politicians don't mind: Council's Women's Caucus took Cuomo's side, and City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, the caucus's co-chair, asked Vance to drop the fight.

In total, New York has taken 55 legal actions, including filing amicus briefs and submitting comments, in opposition to Trump's environmental policies, a sum tied with California for the most of any state, according to data collected by New York University Law School's State Energy and Environmental Impact Center.

For now, the acting attorney general is Democrat Barbara Underwood, who was appointed New York's solicitor general in 2007.

"In addition, any recipient of his campaign funds should donate those monies to domestic violence causes so that some good may come from these abhorrent and indefensible acts", the statement continued.

And in marking the 20th anniversary of the federal Violence Against Women Act in 2014, he noted that "violence against women remains a prevalent and risky problem across our nation".

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