Eric Schneiderman may not have much of a national stature, but the New York State Attorney General could ultimately be the one to sink Donald Trump and possibly send the president to prison, insiders say.
As the investigation into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia ramps up with testimony from former FBI Director James Comey that has sent shockwaves through the political landscape, there is reportedly a much quieter investigation taking place in New York that may have more potential to take down Trump.
Independent journalist Louise Mensch, who has broken a number of stories in the Russia investigation, wrote last week that Schneiderman built a case that was “based on the activities of Russian mobsters like Semion Moglievich who lived in Trump Tower, Russian oligarchs, and others.”
“Upon his own judgement and belief, Schneiderman decided that his case touched both Federal issues, and issues of National Security. He took his case to the Federal authorities,” Mensch wrote on her site Patribotics.
“While the appropriate Federal District can often be location-based, if a federal case is to start on the same factual basis, the court chosen can also be based on subject matter. Because National Security is involved, Schneiderman brought his case to FISC to be heard.”
As Politico noted in a story on Schneiderman, he and Trump have a long history, with Schneiderman once paying a visit to Trump Tower to ask for a campaign donation during his 2010 race. While Trump reportedly made a remark that the two might become friends, they ended up as adversaries as Schneiderman won his race and then took on the state’s existing case against Trump University.
“New York wanted the school to drop the ‘university’ from its name, since it was not chartered as an institution of higher learning and lacked a license to offer instruction—and as he pursued it over the next five years, he became the target of a relentless series of personal attacks from the Trump camp. Trump filed an ethics complaint alleging that Schneiderman offered to drop the suit in exchange for donations; he went on television to denounce Schneiderman as a hack and a lightweight, and said he was wasting millions of taxpayer dollars when he should have been going after Wall Street.”
Trump ultimately settled the Trump University case for $25 million before taking office, but Eric Schneiderman has continued to put pressure on Trump. He has issued several warnings to the president, including threatening to sue Trump for freezing EPA funding and joining a suit against Trump’s immigration ban.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 8, 2017
Donald Trump struck back several times, filing an ethics complaint claiming Schneiderman solicited a donation in exchange for making the lawsuit against Trump go away. It was dismissed. There was also what Politico called “a lengthy, ferocious cover story” published in the New York Observer, which at the time was owned by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
In a statement ahead of Comey’s testimony on Thursday, another independent journalist reported that it is more likely Eric Schneiderman who takes down Donald Trump. Claude Taylor, who often works in tandem with Louise Mensch to share inside information on Trump’s investigations, said that Schneiderman’s case could ultimately send Donald Trump to prison.
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) June 8, 2017
So while Comey’s testimony became must-see television and newspapers across the country made headlines from the appearance, it appears more likely a smaller investigation would be the one to lead to his impeachment.
Comey to testify about his relationship with Trump. Here's tomorrow's front page: pic.twitter.com/xhntH5s4fY
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 8, 2017
There is no independent verification of the sealed indictment, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has not spoken publicly about an investigation. For his part, Donald Trump has denied any wrongdoing including saying he has no improper ties to Russia.
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