Cuomo: Special prosecutor must probe Schneiderman

Four women have accused New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is suing Harvey Weinstein of physical abuse

Cuomo, who faces a primary against Cynthia Nixon, would not outright say whether he preferred the legislature appoint an interim attorney general, but repeatedly noted the Democratic Convention taking place in two weeks and the elections later this year.

The Manhattan and Long Island district attorneys offices said they had both opened investigations. The governor said it is very important there is no conflict of interest between the attorney general and district attorneys.

The Cuomo administration is expected to remain on the sidelines while state lawmakers staked out their position Tuesday that they alone hold the power to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

"Working to make choking a crime in New York and elevate it to a felony level", is what Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women New York, said that her organization and Schneiderman worked on together.

The alleged victims said the violence was not consensual. "I have not assaulted anyone".

Schneiderman initially denied assaulting anyone or ever engaging in non-consensual sex, and his office also released a statement from his ex-wife attesting to his "outstanding values".

While Schneiderman's office publicly admonished and filed a civil rights suit against disgraced film executive Harvey Weinstein for multiple allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against him, both of Schneiderman's named accusers said they were disturbed that such an allegedly violent private abuser had gained prominence fighting a now-public abuser.

"After the most hard month of my life - I spoke up", Ms Manning Barish wrote on Twitter after the allegations were published. "Bravery is contagious; but truth is unstoppable".




About a week before Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to lead the Russian Federation investigation, a group of attorneys general from Democratic-leaning states sent him a joint letter imploring him to do exactly that. He was widely believed to be preparing to eventually run for governor.

As a NY state senator, Schneiderman led the push to oust Hiram Monserrate, a fellow Democrat convicted of misdemeanor assault against his girlfriend.

"In fact, it may be backward steps in terms of the issues he fought for, " Muzzio said.

Schneiderman will be replaced in the interim by Solicitor General Barbara Underwood.

State Sen. Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, said he was concerned that Assembly Democrats appear to be focused on finding a successor based on the person's gender, "the way they look", or political connections rather than giving significant weight to the applicant's legal qualifications.

"Our office has never been stronger, and this extraordinarily talented, dedicated, and tireless team of public servants will ensure that our work continues without interruption, " Underwood said in a statement.

Mayor Byron W. Brown, the state Democratic chairman, acknowledged Tuesday that the staid conclave originally envisioned to rubber stamp the party's candidates may now evolve into a free wheeling affair.

A spokesman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said the office is opening an investigation.

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