Friday, May 11, 2018

Trump Knew About Eric Schneiderman All Along

The abrupt resignation of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was shocking in and of itself. What's less shocking is that this was a political hit job on someone who has been investigating the President:

Back in 2013, Donald Trump was exploring a presidential run. His Trump University was in the crosshairs of New York’s crusading attorney general. Around the same time, Trump and his personal lawyer got an interesting piece of information: Eric Schneiderman, the AG, was accused of sexually abusing two women.

After five years under wraps, those abuse allegations surfaced Friday in the Manhattan court where federal prosecutors and lawyers have been battling over documents related to Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

In a letter to the judge, attorney Peter J. Gleason asserted Trump and Cohen knew about the old abuse allegations. He argued that information about the women might be found in files the FBI seized last month from Cohen and should be kept under seal to protect the women’s privacy. Later Friday, the judge said Gleason must submit a formal memo in support of his letter or pull it.

The revelations come just days after allegations of abuse by four women forced Schneiderman’s abrupt resignation. They raise concerns about how Trump may have used such information, if true, about the top prosecutor in his home state, and whether a jeering tweet from Trump’s account five years ago was a oblique reference to the allegations.

Is this not the most corrupt era in modern American politics? Schneiderman is gone because Trump needed a break from the bad news he was getting last week.

Schneiderman was toast the minute Jane Mayer was onto allegations against him. I suspect that Trump was waiting for a chance to use this sordid information to obstruct justice at some future date. The fact that it comes out now and isn't entirely under Trump's purview means that this is one less body Trump can throw under a bus when the indictments begin to fly.

It will take a monumental effort to drive Trump from power, and people seem to think it will be as easy as dropping some paperwork down at the Federal court house. Nope. It's going to take a massive effort to strip the power of the presidency from Trump.

Schneiderman was a firewall against the power of the pardon; if Trump had granted pardons for Federal crimes to everyone around him, the theory was that Schneiderman could move against the Trump financial empire with the power of the State of New York behind him. And, to be fair, whoever is Attorney General can still do that. But this was a sickening, sordid affair all the way around. No, Schneiderman does not deserve his job back. But, as we've seen with Al Franken, they are going to fight tooth and nail for everything, and beating the Trump regime is going to require an unprecedented level of effort.

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