Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, accused of violence, resigns

Eric Schneiderman is one of several prominent men in the legal world to step down in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations

The women's accusations, with their vivid detail and consistency, would put any man in a bad light, but they held even greater shock value because of how dramatically they contrast the image Schneiderman had cultivated for himself as a purported champion of women.

And he has also raised concerns about shutting down the Mueller investigation by his repeated criticism of Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The New York State Senate and Assembly will choose a permanent successor by joint ballot. She has served as the state solicitor general since 2007.

The state of NY is reeling after the New Yorker published an article claiming the state's Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has a history of abusing women.

According to The New Yorker, at least four women have accused Schneiderman of physically assaulting them while drunk in bed. They sought medical attention after the assaults, but none reported the incidents to the police.

"When you read those stories, reading the allegations, it definitely felt like numerous cases we see in domestic violence all the time", she said.

"These women should have their day in court", Cuomo said.

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Harris Kluger said the former attorney general "clearly had his demons", and she credits the women who survived the alleged abuse for taking the risk and speaking out. She said seeing him praised as a supporter of women made her "feel sick".

But not in the eyes of the public.

Alicandro announced his candidacy on Monday, just hours before the news about Schneiderman broke.

"I've asked people to not discuss candidates, because that's not what it's about", Heastie said. I'm not talking about any sort of ban or crusade against members of my own gender, but just a long look at the growing number of celebrities facing a reckoning and a realistic assessment of the odds of a random politician conflating power with opportunities for coercive sex.

Tuesday evening, Cuomo appointed Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas as a special prosecutor "to investigate, and if warranted, prosecute, any and all matters concerning the public allegations against Mr. Schneiderman".

Q. Will Singas be able to continue running the Nassau District Attorney's Office, which has a staff of 300, including more than 160 lawyers, while operating as a special prosecutor?

"In addition, any recipient of his campaign funds should donate those monies to domestic violence causes so that some good may come from these abhorrent and indefensible acts", the statement continued. Normally, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance would have led the investigation into crimes alleged to have occured in Manhattan, but Cuomo pulled Vance off the case, fearing a conflict of interest because the attorney general's office has an open investigation into Vance's office for its handling of sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

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"We have never seen anything as despicable as what we've seen here", Schneiderman declared.

Prior to becoming New York's attorney general, Schneiderman was a state senator. First elected in 2013, she was previously the city council president and is an attorney.

State law gives the Legislature the authority to select someone to fill out Schneiderman's term, which runs through the end of the year.

Names floated May 8 included former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, celebrated for his efforts to fight corruption in state government, and law professor Zephyr Teachout, who posted a surprisingly strong showing with her challenge to Mr. Cuomo in the 2014 primary.

Some lawmakers favor keeping a placeholder in the office for the next six months, leaving voters to decide the next attorney general in November.

"This is a very important position, and this is a highly charged situation", said Cuomo.

The stakes couldn't be higher.

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