This is no way to choose a new attorney general

Faith Castro
May 10, 2018

Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman didn't want to answer questions about the #MeToo movement in the days before abuse allegations against him were made public, according to an interview he gave to Alec Baldwin published Tuesday. She said she confided in friends, including novelist Salman Rushdie.

Well before he even announced his candidacy for the country's highest political office, Trump wrote that disgraced former NY politicians Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer were "gone" and that "lightweight" Schneiderman was "worse" than either of them. She stood beside Schneiderman when he announced a settlement previous year with a hospital that had been billing rape victims for exams. Schneiderman told the magazine that he had engaged in "role-playing and other consensual activity" but claimed he had not "assaulted anyone".

"We have never seen anything as despicable as what we've seen right here", Mr. Schneiderman said of the accusations against Weinstein.

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.

Harris Kluger says 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.

Cuomo handed the investigation over to Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, naming her as special prosecutor to look into the allegations surrounding Schneiderman. News of former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's alleged improprieties as the State's chief legal officer are grossly disturbing and must be fully investigated.

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"After I found out that other women had been abused by Attorney-General Schneiderman in a similar manner many years before me, I wondered, who's next, and knew something needed to be done", Selvaratnam said in a statement to the AP.

"Protecting New Yorkers from domestic violence - and the housing and job discrimination that victims often face in the wake of such abuse, is a key part to stopping the cycle of violence in our state and our nation".

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara would be our first choice. And the Democratic convention is in two weeks; the primaries come in September and Election Day is November 6.

Because Democrats have more members in the legislature, they are likely to choose the AG replacement.

The stakes couldn't be higher. "She's an extraordinarily competent woman, so I have no fear in the immediate she will provide good stewardship in the office", Cuomo said Tuesday.

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