Trump knew of harassment allegations against NY AG years ago, says lawyer

Trump knew of harassment allegations against NY AG years ago, says lawyer

Per Bloomberg, attorney Peter Gleason filed a letter in federal court requesting a protective order regarding "my discussions with Mr. Cohen regarding my discussions with Mr. Cohen concerning two women that were sexually victimized by Mr. Schneiderman".

Gleason declined to discuss the details of what he told Cohen, or anything that resulted from either that call or from Dunleavy's contact with Trump. Gleason is trying to keep communications between him and Cohen private, because he's anxious it may out potential sexual assault victims of Schneiderman.

Gleason wrote in his letter that he does not know whether Cohen's seized documents contain any information about that conversation but that he is concerned about the privacy of the alleged 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.

Gleason's information could help explain a cryptic September 2013 tweet from Trump about Schneiderman, Weiner, and former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

Mr. Trump has not yet said said whether he was apprised by Cohen of the abuse accusations, but he did tweet this about Schneiderman in 2013: "Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone - next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman". Cohen now is under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors in NY.

Gleason told CNBC he received a phone call from Cohen a day after he said he talked to Dunleavy about the Schneiderman matter. In September 2013 - one month after Schneiderman filed a $40 million civil fraud lawsuit against Trump University - Trump posted a cryptic tweet unfavorably comparing Schneiderman to two other NY political figures felled by scandal. He has not returned a request for comment but he did reveal more details this afternoon in an interview with The New York Times.

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"Just to be clear: not one source for our story on Schneiderman has any ties to Trump or Michael Cohen", tweeted New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer.

Apparently, those preliminary steps involved bringing Michael Cohen and Donald Trump into the matter for some unknown f**king reason. Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner, ' wrote Trump.

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

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.

After he was elected president, Trump settled the Trump University litigation.

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

Correction: The headline on an earlier version of this story misspelled the name of Eric Schneiderman.

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