Lawyer of two Schneiderman accusers asked Trump's fixer Michael Cohen for help

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A Hudson Valley lawyer says he told President Donald Trump's attorney years ago that former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was abusing women.

In his Friday letter, lawyer Peter Gleason said that in 2013 he told a former New York Post columnist, Steve Dunleavy, about two women who had approached him claiming sexual misconduct by Schneiderman, then the attorney general.

The attorney submitted the letter to a judge overseeing the handling of files and records seized last month by the Federal Bureau of Investigation from Cohen's home and office.

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.

In a brief phone interview Friday, Gleason confirmed Cohen told him during their 2013 conversation that if Trump ran for governor and was elected, he would make the allegations about Schneiderman public.

"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", Trump's tweet said, referring to former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner and former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, both of whom resigned because of scandals involving women.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did the New York Attorney General's office or a lawyer for Cohen.

Schneiderman resigned on Tuesday, three hours after The New Yorker printed the article, which detailed how four women, two of whom it identified, accused him of physical violence.

Gleason writes that he discussed the allegations with Stephen Dunleavy, a retired journalist, who in turn offered to discuss the situation with Trump. "'Unfortunately, I had to advise this woman against reporting the incident to the Manhattan District Attorney Office" due to what he said was it past experience ignoring 'political corruption'.

The extent of Mr. Cohen memorializing any of our communications is unknown.

It's unclear when Trump found out about these allegations against Schneiderman, or if it was before or after his September 2013 tweet, but it does seem to have been at some point that year. "Just to be clear: not one source for our story on Schneiderman has any ties to Trump or Michael Cohen". The judge has appointed a special master to assess what documents are protected by attorney-client privilege and should not be shown to criminal investigators.

Important context for all this was that Schneiderman was investigating Trump in 2013 over the fraudulent Trump University. Those files purportedly contain information about Daniels, who was paid $130,000 by Cohen right before the 2016 presidential election in exchange for her keeping quiet about an alleged affair she had with Trump in 2006.

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

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