Steve Pigeon, along with George Maziarz engineered a State Senate coup in 2009 when Schneiderman got overthrown as Deputy Speaker of the Senate. Although Schneiderman immediately vowed vengeance, there was nothing he could do until be became Attorney General. Then, using his political clout, he went after Pigeon and Maziarz on false charges. Maziarz wound up with a misdemeanor election violation and $1,000 fine but his life and career were nearly destroyed. Schneiderman also indicted Ortt – but the case was dismissed post indictment.
Make no mistake about it Schneiderman is the type of man that not only holds a grudge but will seek revenge against those who go up against him!
Schneiderman has a contentious history with President Trump. The president has mocked him relentlessly on social media, clearly aware of Schneiderman’s reputation. In September, 2013 he tweeted “Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone – next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman. Is he a crook? Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner.”
Just three months later Donald Trump would file a complaint against Schneiderman respectfully requesting that the New York State Join Commission on Public Ethics commence an investigation into the misconduct of New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.
In November 2016 New York Attorney General Schneiderman filed and won a $25 million lawsuit against Donald Trump after a lengthy investigation into allegedly fraudulent practices at Trump University. According to President Trump, although it has always been his vow to never settle cases, he settled to put the matter behind him. Why would he have done this? (We’ll get to that at a later date.)
Then in June of last year Schneiderman launched an investigation into the Eric Trump Foundation over allegations the organization funneled money through charity golf outings, which raised millions for St. Jude’s Children Hospital.
Then in August 2017, Schneiderman began working with Robert Mueller on the case against Paul Manafort. Politico reported about Schneiderman’s passionate determination to assist Robert Mueller in getting to the bottom of alleged Russian collusion with Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign:
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on its investigation into Paul Manafort and his financial transactions, according to several people familiar with the matter.
The cooperation is the latest indication that the federal probe into President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman is intensifying. It also could potentially provide Mueller with additional leverage to get Manafort to cooperate in the larger investigation into Trump’s campaign, as Trump does not have pardon power over state crimes.
The two teams have shared evidence and talked frequently in recent weeks about a potential case, these people said. One of the people familiar with progress on the case said both Mueller’s and Schneiderman’s teams have collected evidence on financial crimes, including potential money laundering.
No decision has been made on where or whether to file charges. “Nothing is imminent,” said one of the people familiar with the case.
Two months later, Mueller filed several indictments against Manafort for money laundering and money bank fraud, charges Manafort ardently denies.
In the wake of all of these allegations against Eric Schneiderman which one of his friends and political allies will stand by him?
Mayor Bill De Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo have both expressed disapproval over the Attorney General’s alleged actions, insisting they were in the dark about his drug use and how Schneiderman treated the women in his life. Cuomo, who immediately called for Schneiderman’s resignation Monday evening, clearly understood how much was at stake for him politically. Now that Cynthia Nixon, former Sex and the City actress, has announced her plans to run for Governor of New York, the last thing Cuomo wanted to do was not show support for the women who had come forward with their charges against Schneiderman. To do so would be career suicide! But with Cuomo’s campaign manager from his 2010 and 2014 races, convicted on bribery charges in March of this year, and former DeBlasio administrative employee who was charged with possession of child porn in March 2017, it would not surprise me in the least if Cuomo or DeBlasio found themselves in the line of fire with some kind of allegations made against THEM in the coming weeks and months ahead.
It will also be very interesting to see if George Soros and family continue to stand by their friend Eric Schneiderman. We looked into Schneiderman’s donors and were not surprised at all to discover a connection to anti-Trump money-man George Soros and his sons. The Soros family donated $110,000 to Schneiderman in just the last three years alone! Alex Soros revealed his close relationship with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in an Instagram post, taken in August 2016. (A picture says a thousand words!)
Three hours after the publication of The New Yorker article, Schneiderman resigned from his position and issued the following statement:
“While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time,” he said in a statement. “I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.”
-Written by Robin Basiliki