President Donald Trump was told years ago about abuse allegations against former NY attorney general Eric Schneiderman, according to a lawyer who has written the judge overseeing the Michael Cohen case.
The White House, the New York Attorney General's office and a lawyer for Cohen did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Gleason said he "discussed the matter" with journalist Steve Dunleavy, who "offered to discuss the matter with Donald Trump".
President Donald Trump allegedly knew about sexual misconduct claims against disgraced former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman back in 2013. Gleason found that out in a discussion with Cohen, he said.
Peter Gleason told U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in a letter that he had been contacted by the two women a year apart with claims that were "almost identical".
Gleason said he was originally contacted by two women, the first in 2012 and the second in 2013, who separately told him that Schneiderman had engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct with them.
Four women who were romantically involved with Schneiderman accused him of abuse in a New Yorker report published Monday evening.
"Gleason's information could help explain a cryptic, September 2013 tweet from Trump that read: "[Anthony] Weiner is gone, [Eliot] Spitzer is gone - next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman. None of our leads came via Trump people, and we had no knowledge of Gleason.
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Dunleavy did indeed discuss this very matter with Mr. Trump as evidenced by a phone call I received from Attorney Michael Cohen. And, if we take this story at face value, Trump was aware of allegations against Schneiderman and he never brought them up during the Trump University suit? "Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner", Trump tweeted.
Gleason's tale of what he did with the information involves several colorful NY characters of the 80s ad 90s.
Gleason 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. Schneiderman denied the allegations but resigned from his position just hours after the story broke Monday evening.
She told Strickler that while she doesn't remember exactly when Gleason told her about Schneiderman, she recalls that it was a few years ago and that when he said, "Don't be in a room alone with him", she answered, "Why, "cause he's a womanizer?"
"During my communications with Mr. Cohen".
"During my communications with Mr. Cohen I shared with him certain details of Schneiderman's vile attacks on these two women", Gleason wrote.