New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Resigns After Accusations Of Physical Abuse By 4 Women
The New Yorker broke the story last evening; the resignation came less than 4 hours later. The story by Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow describes accusations of “nonconsensual physical violence” in great detail by women with whom Schneiderman had relationships. Especially the 2 women who agreed to go on the record. The New Yorker also emphasizes that alcohol often “fuelled his violent behavior”.
In the article, Schneiderman seeks to characterize his behavior as “role-playing”.
Schneiderman saying in a written resignation statement: “serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me. 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.”
Schneiderman was also outspoken and aggressive in women’s rights and sexual harassment cases, and was in fact investigating Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. for failing to prosecute sexual abuse crimes against Harvey Weinstein. Schneiderman also filed suit against Weinstein on behalf of his victims.
What’ll happen now?
- Schneiderman will be investigated. The question is by whom? The New York Times reported late last night he’s already retained a criminal defense attorney.
- The New York State Assembly and Senate will jointly vote on a replacement. (And it’s lucky for Democrats it isn’t the Senate’s job alone, because the New York State Senate is currently controlled by Republicans.) Then, a new Attorney General will be elected in the fall.
If you look at Twitter about now, seems there’s already one clear front-runner: former SDNY Chief Preet Bharara, who was fired by Trump. Bharara, who now hosts a podcast, and Tweets a lot, has nothing to say about that possibility so far.
Trump hasn’t Tweeted yet either, although Donald Trump, Jr. sprayed the Twittersphere with gleeful gloating throughout the evening.
Trump Attempts To Create Suspense Ahead Of Today’s Iran Announcement; We Don’t Think There’s Much To Hold Your Breath About
(That’s now today).
And we totally disagree with CNN’s headline: “World Holds Breath For Trump’s Iran Deal Decision“.
Why are we so sure the President’s going to announce he’s pulling the U.S. out? Because he has about zero close advisors remaining who aren’t frequently and vehemently condemning the Iran nuclear deal. New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hates it. New National Security Adviser John Bolton hates it. And Fox hates it too!
About the only person close to Trump who doesn’t, is his new BFF, French President Emmanuel Macron. Of course Trump sometimes likes to make you think he’s going to do one thing, and then does the opposite, but we don’t think that’ll be the case here.
We also think Trump will again call for regime change in Iran, and speak out against the country’s human rights record. Which is great, except that simultaneously, he’s telling everybody he doesn’t care about either of those things in North Korea.
A Quick Update To The Story We Did Yesterday About Gina Haspel
Trump Tweeted about his nominee to lead the C.I.A.:
In other words: Haspel should be confirmed because of her role in torture, not in spite of it.
And Today Brings The First Major Primaries For This Fall’s Midterm Elections
Fivethirtyeight has an excellent roundup of races to watch and their implications. We’ll update you tomorrow with any interesting or unexpected results.