Media circles might be buzzing and the legal establishment might be stunned, but President Donald Trump probably isn’t even surprised.
The news Monday night that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had been forced to resign after a magazine exposed his alleged sickening abuse of women hit the New York and national media with the force of an explosion.
But as Donald Trump Jr. pointed out Monday, a look at his father’s Twitter account shows he called Schneiderman’s perversion out in public years ago.
Schneiderman’s downfall officially came after four women who had painful experiences with the now-former attorney general told the The New Yorker their stories of physical and mental abuse.
According to the women, two of whom were identified by name, Schneiderman’s behavior included smacking, choking and spitting. He also demanded that one of the women, a Sri Lankan native, call him “master.”
“He started calling me his ‘brown slave’ and demanding that I repeat that I was ‘his property,’” Democrat activist and author Tanya Selvaratnam told The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow.
Even by the standards of past sex scandals involving high-profile New York politicians, it’s terrible, tawdry stuff.
Anthony Weiner, the former New York City congressman sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting a minor, is generally recognized as sick, but has never been accused of attacking someone. (And the “master” bit with a guy like Weiner is just laughable.)
Former New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer was forced out of office in 2008 after being identified as the infamous “Client 9” of a high-dollar prostitution ring. (Someone even made a movie out of that one.)
But the stories spilling out about Schneiderman in The New Yorker make those guys look like altar boys. And a Donald Trump Twitter post from 2013 seems to hint he had some idea of what was going on behind the scenes.
Now, Trump and Schneiderman have feuded for years. As The Washington Post reported Monday as part of its Schneiderman coverage, the New York attorney general filed a lawsuit against Trump back in 2013 over the now-defunct Trump University.
An ambitious Democrat looking to build up political support among #Resistance types, Schneiderman joined forces with special counsel Robert Mueller over the summer to add New York state legal powers to Mueller’s already considerable federal powers. (At the time, Politico called it a sign the investigation was “intensifying,” while more cynical people called it a sign of rank Democrat opportunism.)
Now, it looks like Trump knew the kind of man who was in charge of law enforcement in the Empire State, and he knew it five years ago or more.
Knowing something and saying it publicly without proof are two different things, of course. But The New Yorker piece has brought out accusations against Schneiderman that are at least substantial enough to have caused the Democrat up-and-comer to step down from his powerful post.
And the accusations are worse than anything anyone said about Weiner or Spitzer.
It looks like Trump nailed this one. And it has to make Democrats, at least, wonder just what else Trump might know about some of their brightest shining stars.
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