New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is accused of being physically and emotionally abusive toward four women, has deep ties to Democratic hopefuls in the 2020 presidential race.
The New Yorker reported Monday that four women are accusing Schneiderman of physical abuse, including violent slapping and choking, and emotional abuse. (RELATED: Anti-Trump NY Attorney General Accused Of Beating Women)
Schneiderman, an avowed anti-Trumper, has been considered a champion of the #MeToo movement for pushing legal action against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and demanding his victims get additional compensation. The AG’s supposed progressivism has earned him clout with top Democrats.
Senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand, who have been identified as potential front-runners to be the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, all have extensive histories with Schneiderman.
Harris, a senator from California, reportedly attended a 2016 DNC delegation breakfast with the New York AG and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, although the event has apparently been scrubbed from the NY Dems website.
In 2011, Schneiderman hosted a fundraiser for Harris when she was the attorney general in California and even flew out to meet her to convince her to join his opposition to a mortgage settlement in DC.
The same year, Schneiderman also held a fundraiser with George Soros for Warren, the senator from Massachusetts. They met again in 2013 over the Obama administration’s mortgage investigations and joined forces in 2014 to push for public financing of political campaigns.
Warren and Schneiderman worked together as recently as June of 2017, when Schneiderman introduced Warren for an event on her “This Fight Is Our Fight” book tour.
Meanwhile, Gillibrand has publicly praised Schneiderman’s leadership as recently as 2016 and has done joint appearances with him to announce new policy measures as recently as 2015. In 2011, the pair joined together to fight for gun control, with Schneiderman attending an event at Gillibrand’s office and praising her work on the issue.
“It is really remarkable that in December of 2011, we have to stand here to hear Senator Gillibrand say she’s introducing a bill to make gun trafficking illegal,” Schneiderman said at the time. “It’s just astonishing.”