Women's Caucus: Vance shouldn't lead Schneiderman investigation

Eric Schneiderman is one of several prominent men in the legal world to step down in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations

Eric Schneiderman is one of several prominent men in the legal world to step down in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations

"The Women's Caucus supports the appointment of (Singas) as special prosecutor in this case, in order to preserve the public's confidence in this investigation", the Caucus said in a statement released Tuesday.

Mr Schneiderman has been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and a fierce opponent of President Donald Trump. His father, Irving, was the treasurer for NARAL Pro-Choice New York.

Schneiderman resigned his office after The New Yorker published the accounts of four women who said the Democrat violently slapped or choked them during intimate encounters.

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Sonia Ossorio, president of the NY chapter of the National Organization for Women, said she was "shell-shocked" at the news.

Singas has quickly established a reputation for a smart, tough-minded approach to political corruption in Nassau County in a career that makes her especially well suited for the Schneiderman probe.

In March 2010, Schneiderman - still a NY state senator - served as the lead sponsor for legislation that made "intentional strangulation and suffocation into unconsciousness a violent felony".

As of Wednesday, Bee's November interview on YouTube with Schneiderman had been retitled "Former AG Tricks Sam Into Thinking He Was Decent" and the description contained an apology to viewers about characterizing him positively before Full Frontal's team learned the former NY A.G. Instead, they set her up with a hidden video camera to record the sidewalk counselors, showing complicity with fraudulent activity used to entrap the sidewalk counselors. She also claims that the NY liberal Democrat would slap her until she called him "master".

Most recently, Schneiderman led 14 other attorneys general in suing the EPA for failing to issue regulations curbing the emission of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from oil and natural gas operations. News of former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's alleged improprieties as the State's chief legal officer are grossly disturbing and must be fully investigated.

"I think people - for all the right reasons and some really self-serving reasons - will want to come up with the best person", said former Assemb. John McEneny (D-Albany). "AG's office will handle the case", Michael Gerrard, director of Columbia Law School's Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, wrote by email.

An attorney general can investigate corruption in state government.

That upper chamber complicates matters. Senate Republicans have declined to participate. However, one member, Sen.

Schneiderman, 63, is being temporarily replaced by New York Solicitor General Barbara Underwood, a former Yale Law School professor who once worked as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

"In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me", Schneiderman said in a statement Monday.

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