Lawyer: Trump knew about Schneiderman allegations years ago

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Michael Cohen was aware of and discussed accusations of violent behavior against ex-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a lawyer alleged in a letter filed Friday morning in the litigation over the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of Cohen's office, home, and hotel room.

Gleason's letter was the latest salvo in a battle over the records seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last month from Cohen's office and residences and electronic devices.

My office was contacted some years ago by two unrelated women who at two separate times (approximately 1 year apart) claimed that Mr. Scheiderman was sexually inappropriate with them.

Gleason said he spoke with Cohen about the allegation because Schneiderman and Trump were locked in a legal battle over alleged fraud in the Trump University scheme.

NY lawyer Peter Gleason revealed his contacts with Trump about Schneiderman in a letter to Judge Kimba Wood seeking that files concerning him remain sealed.

"I didn't talk to Trump about this", Dunleavy said by phone from the Florida Keys.

Gleason says he discussed the women's allegations with a retired New York Post journalist, Stephen Dunleavy, who offered to discuss the matter with Trump.

He writes that during his communications with Cohen, 'I shared with him certain details of Scheinderman's vile attacks on these two women. Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner, ' wrote Trump.

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Eliot Spitzer resigned as governor of NY in 2008 after his dalliance with a prostitute was revealed.

And Brooklyn's former top prosecutor Elizabeth Holtzman - who ran the office from 1982 to 1989, after which her successors the late Ken Thompson and current District Attorney Eric Gonzalez overturned multiple convictions made under her tenure - is also eyeing the state seat, according to reports. Anthony Weiner, a congressman from NY, resigned his seat in 2011 after the exposure of salacious tweets he had made.

He 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. Schneiderman denied the allegations but resigned from his position just hours after the story broke Monday evening.

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The documents obtained by the government in the raids are now going through a review process to determine what falls under attorney-client privilege and what prosecutors can use going forward.

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

"During my communications with Mr. Cohen".

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

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