THE RESIGNATION

Schneiderman submitted his resignation after allegations by four women surfaced, accusing New York’s former top justice official of harassment, physical assault, and abuse of power. Gotham Gazette’s Executive Editor, Ben Max, is here to break it all down.

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> IN ONE CASE A WOMAN WASN'T EVEN IN A RELATIONSHIP AT ALL WITH HIM ALLISONEN.

THIS IS JUST AN ALLEGATION THAT HE CAME UP TO HER AT A PARTY.

THIS IS A PROMINENT ATTORNEY WHO HAD WORKED WITH HIM.

AND CAME ON TO HER.

WHEN SHE REBUFFED HIM HE HIT HER HARD.

IT WAS A RAPID FALL FROM GRACE.

GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO METROFOCUS.

I'M JENNA FLANAGAN.

NEW YORK'S ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN HAS RESIGNED AFTER FOUR WOMEN ACCUSED HIM OF PHYSICAL ASSAULT.

SPEAKING WITH NEW YORKER MAGAZINE TWO OF THE ACCUSERS DETAILED HOW SCHNEIDERMAN HAD CHOKED AND REPEATEDLY HIT THEM.

ALL OF THE WOMEN HAD BEEN ROMANTICALLY INVOLVED WITH SCHNEIDERMAN AND CONFIRMED THAT THE VIOLENCE WAS NOT CONSENSUAL.

HIS RESIGNATION MARKED A REMARKABLE FALL FOR A RISING POLITICIAN WHO GAINED A REPUTATION FOR TAKING ON THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND FOR HIS PUBLIC SUPPORT OF THE ME TOO MOVEMENT.

HOURS AFTER THE ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED, BOTH GOVERNOR CUOMO AND SENATOR GILLIBRAND CALLED ON SCHNEIDERMAN TO RESIGN.

AND IN A DEPARTING STATEMENT THE OUTGOING ATTORNEY GENERAL STATED THAT QUOTE IN THE PRIVACY OF INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS I HAVE ENGAGED IN ROLE PLAYING AND OTHER CONSENSUAL SEXUAL ACTIVITY.

I HAVE NOT ASSAULTED ANYONE.

I HAVE NEVER ENGAGED IN NON-S CONSENSUAL SEX WHICH IS A LINE I WOULDN'T CROSS.

IT'S A LOT OF GROUND TO COVER ON THE SHOW AND WE BEGIN THE SPECIAL COVERAGE OF THE RESIGNATION OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND ITS FALLOUT.

FIRST UP WITH US IS AN OVERVIEW FROM BEN MAX, THE EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF 'GOTHAM GAZETTE.'

WE HAVE A LOT TO COVER.

I'M GOING RIGHT INTO IT AND SAY WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO THIS NEWS.

WELL THESE ARE DEEPLY TROUBLING REVELATIONS.

I THINK FOR MANY PEOPLE ON A PERSONAL AND SOCIETILE LEVEL THIS IS EXTREMELY SAD, TROUBLING.

AND OBVIOUSLY THERE IS POTENTIALLY BORDERLINE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY HERE.

THIS FITS INTO THE ME TOO MOVEMENT AND MOMENTUM WE HAVE SEEN TO BRING BAD ACTING, POSSIBLY CRIMINALLY ACTING MEN TO JUSTICE.

AND SO IN FITTING WITH THAT IT IS FITTING THAT PEOPLE ARE COMING FORWARD TO MAKE PEOPLE PAY FOR THE MISDEEDS THEY HAVE DONE.

BUT IS THERE ANY INDICATION THAT THERE COULD BE CRIMINAL CHARGES?

RIGHT NOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GIVING THE NEW YORKER CREDIT FOR HAVING FOLLOWED REPORTING VERIFIED, ET CETERA.

BUT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT ANYTHING CRIMINAL.

THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR THAT.

IT FENDS ON IF THE ACCUSERS WANT TO PURSUE THAT.

THERE IS QUESTIONS AROUND WHO WOULD INVESTIGATE.

PERHAPS THE MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY.

ALTHOUGH THERE IS ISSUES THERE BECAUSE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE WAS STARTING TO INVESTIGATE THE MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY OFFICE FOR HANDLING OF HARVEY WEINSTEIN MATTERS.

SO THINGS ARE VERY MESSY AS WE KNOW, AS THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE NEWS NOW MANY MONTHS KNOW.

BUT THERE ARE QUESTIONS AROUND WHETHER THERE WILL BE ABOUT HOW THE ATTORNEY SKRERNL BEHAVED.

THIS COULD COME IN TWO WAYS.

ONE IS IF THE ACCUSERS WANT TO FILE POLICE REPORTS.

BUT IT COULD ALSO BE BECAUSE HE INVOKED HIS OFFICE AT TIMES IN THE ALLEGATIONS.

YEAH.

THERE COULD BE QUESTIONS AROUND INVESTIGATING HIS ABUSE OF POWER IN THAT RESPECT.

THERE IS A LOT TO FIND OUT FROM THAT FALLOUT.

BUT OF COURSE ALL EYES TURNS TO WHO FILLS HIS SHOES.

FIRST OF ALL WHO STEPS IN AS THE TEMPORARY ATTORNEY GENERAL.

BARBARA UNDERWOOD IS THE SLISTER VO JENNER GENERAL FOR THE STATE OF THE NEW YORK.

SHE IS THE ACT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL NOW.

SHE HAS A LONG LEGAL CAREER, ARGUED CASES IN FRONT OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, VERY ACCOMPLISHED LEGAL MIND.

AND SHE WAS HIRED TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE BY GOVERNOR CUOMO WHEN HE WAS ATTORNEY GENERAL AND KEPT ON BY ATTORNEY GENERAL SCHNEIDERMAN.

SHE IS IN CHARGE NOW.

BUT OF COURSE THAT BRINGS THE NEXT ISSUE OF THEN WHO IS GOING TO FILL AFTER THAT?

RIGHT.

THERE HAVE BEEN PEOPLE SUGGESTED WHO MIGHT BE NAMED AS OR APPOINTED.

THIS CHANGES THE ELECTION TOO.

IT CHANGES EVERYTHING.

WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ELECTION YEAR WHERE ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN WAS PLANNING TO COAST TO A THIRD TERM.

HE WAS RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION.

THE ELECTIONS WILL BE IN THE FALL.

PRIMARY IN SEPTEMBER, GENERAL ELECTION IN THE NOVEMBER.

THIS SENDS SHOCK WAVES THREW THE POLITICAL WORLD.

THERE WILL BE HE BIG QUESTIONS.

THE STATE LEGISLATOR COULD VOTE IN AN INTERIM ATTORNEY GENERAL.

IF THEY ARE INTERESTED IN RUNNING WOULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT ADVANTAGE.

SO THAT'S UP TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE.

THEY MIGHT NAME SOMEONE OR LET UNDERWOOD TINT THROUGH THE ELECTION WHY BE THE LOWER CASE D EXACTIC PROCESS OF COURSE.

BUT THE WAY POLITICIANS OFTEN WORK YOU MIGHT THINK THEY WOULD TAKE THE TUNE TO EXERCISE THAT POWER AND INSTALL SOMEONE.

SO THERE ARE QUESTIONS AROUND WHETHER THE STATE LEGISLATOR WILL INSTALL SOMEONE TEMPORARILY AND THEN WHAT THE ELECTION LOOKS LIKE THIS FALL.

OF COURSE.

AND WE CAN'T KID OURTSDS AURSZ OWE OURSELVES AND WE NO ALBANY IS KNOWN FOR MAKING DEALS.

WHO ARE THE NAMES FLOATING AROUND TO GIVE PEOPLE AN IDEA WHO WE MIGHT BE TALKING ABOUT.

SURE.

. THE STATE ASSEMBLY AND THE DEMOCRATS CONTROLLING THE STATE ASSEMBLY HAVE THE POWER HERE.

THEY MIGHT APPOINT ONE OF THEIR OWN.

THERE IS TALK ABOUT THE MS.

WEINSTEIN FROM BROOKLYN WHO MIGHT BE THE TOP OF THE LIST.

THERE IS A LOT OF NAMES BANDIED ABOUT.

LATISHA JAMES HAS COME UP MANY TIMES.

THERE'S BEEN RUMORS IN NEW YORK POLITICS THAT IS HER DREAM JOB EVEN THOUGH A LIKELY MAYORAL CANDIDATE AT SOME POINT.

THIS COULD BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO APPOINT HER TO THE POSITION AND THEN SHE RUNS IN THE FALL TO TRY TO SECURE A FULL TERM.

AND THEN THERE IS OTHER PEOPLE LINING UP TO POTENTIALLY RUN IN THE FALL, SUCH AS CONGRESSWOMAN KATHLEEN RICE WHO IS THE FORMER NASSAU DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND NARROWLY LOST TO SCHNEIDERMAN IN THE PRIMARY FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL.

THOSE ARE A FEW MAIMS.

THERE ARE MANY OTHERS.

PEOPLE ON TWITTER ARE COMING UP WITH DREAM NAMES.

I SHOULD MENTION FORMER CITY COUNCILMEMBER DAN GROD NICK HAS ALWAYS BEEN TALKED ABOUT AS A STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

HE HAS A STRONG REPUTATION, A BUNCH OF MONEY IN THE BANK.

HE CAN BE AN INTERESTING CANDIDATE AS WELL.

I DO WANT TO TAKE US BACK TO SCHNEIDERMAN AND THE OFFICE HE HOLDS.

BECAUSE HE WAS ENGAGED -- OR AT LEAST THE OFFICE WAS ENGAGED IN LAWSUITS WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION.

IN FACT TRUMP HIMSELF IS U SUING SCHNEIDERMAN PERSONALLY.

DOES THE NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL UNDERWOOD OR WHOEVER DO THEY TAKE ON THE CASES?

WHAT BECOMES OF ALL THE LEGALEES.

THE DRAMA GIVES PRESIDENT TRUMP WHO IS NEVER ONE TO SHY AWAY FROM THIS TYPE OF THING, A LEG UP IN THE P.R. CAMPAIGNS.

YOU CAN SAY LOOK AT THE GUY GOING AFTER ME.

LOOK AT HIS DO YOU FEEL.

YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT FROM THE PRESIDENT BUT YOU DID SEE IT FROM DONALD TRUMP JR. ON TWITTER WHEN THE NEWS WAS BREAKING BECAUSE SCHNEIDER MANY HAS TARGETED THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND BUILT HIMSELF UP AS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL FORCES IN THE QUOTE UNQUOTE RESISTANCE.

UM-HUM.

SO THE CASES CONTINUE.

JUST BECAUSE SCHNEIDERMAN IS OUT OF OFFICE DOESN'T MEAN -- HE IS NOT THE OFFICE.

THE OFFICE IS NOT HIM.

UM-HUM.

THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF NEW YORK CONTINUES.

THE CASES CONTINUE.

NOW BARBARA UNDERWOOD MIGHT DECIDE THERE ARE CASES NOT WORTH CONTINUING.

THAT WOULD BE HER RIGHT AS THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL.

BUT SHE CAN EVALUATE ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS AS WOULD WHO EVER WOULD BE APPOINTED TO REPLACE HER OR ELECTED TO REPLACE THAT PERSON.

ALL RIGHT.

SO SO MANY MOVING PARTS.

BUT BEN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING IN AND TALKING WITH US ABOUT IN SHOCKING AND SURPRISING BREAKING NEWS IN NEW YORK.

MY PLEASURE.

THANK YOU.

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