Trump was told of Schneiderman assaults years ago, lawyer says

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas speaks to reporters during a news conference in Mineola N.Y. in January

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas speaks to reporters during a news conference in Mineola N.Y. in January

While we don't know for certain, a court filing today in the lawsuit over records seized from Michael Cohen's law office raises the likelihood that both Trump and Cohen were aware.

Avenatti's report about Cohen, who is the focus of a months-long criminal probe here, appeared on Schneiderman's last day in office.

In an interview shortly after his letter was filed, Gleason - without offering details or corroborating evidence of his account - said that during their conversation five years ago, Cohen told him that if Trump, who was thinking of running for NY governor at the time, were to be elected, he would help bring to light the women's accusations against Schneiderman.

Gleason told the Daily News that he thought it was a great idea for Dunleavy to talk to Trump-a man accused of sexual misconduct by over a dozen women-about highly sensitive material involving sexual abuse because Trump was thinking about running for governor at the time: "Had Trump become governor, there would have been a real ally in Albany for these women", he said. He requested a protective order to seal all correspondence that Cohen may have had about the women, in part to protect their identities as assault victims.

One of the authors of The New Yorker story said neither Trump nor Cohen were sources for their story, and that their sources were also not people connected to Trump.

Ronan Farrow, whom with Jane Mayer, reported the New Yorker story, denied on Twitter that any of his leads came from Gleason or Trump associates.

Gleason says he spoke about the matter with retired journalist Stephen Dunleavy who suggested and discussed the matter with Donald Trump.

He also told the Times that he had told elected officials about Schneiderman's behavior almost five years ago, and he said that the two women who came to him are not among the four who talked to the New Yorker.

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Eliot Spitzer resigned as governor of NY in 2008 after his dalliance with a prostitute was revealed.

Dunleavy did indeed discuss this very matter with Mr. Trump as evidenced by a phone call I received from Attorney Michael Cohen.

Gleason offered his surprising account in a letter to Kimba M. Wood, the Manhattan federal judge who is overseeing an ongoing investigation into Cohen.

Schneiderman resigned as New York's Attorney General this week following allegations of abuse.

Avenatti is seeking to be heard on a regular basis by Wood on the issue of the confidentiality of some of Cohen's files as they are reviewed by a court-appointed watchdog.

Trump settled the Trump University case in late 2016, after he was elected president, for $25 million.

Avenatti scoffed at Gleason's concerns when asked about them by CNBC.

Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone - next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman.

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