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Cuomo's lawyer says special prosecutor needed for former AG investigation

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's legal counsel has written a scathing response to criticism by the Manhattan district attorney's office for taking away the abuse investigation into the former attorney general.

Posted: May 9, 2018 4:00 PM
Updated: May 9, 2018 5:41 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on whether the former attorney general can face criminal charges (all times local):

5:10 p.m.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's legal counsel has written a scathing response to criticism by the Manhattan district attorney's office for taking away the abuse investigation into the former attorney general.

Alphonso David says it was right to ask a special prosecutor to investigate the claims made by women who said they were abused by Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat and critic of President Donald Trump.

The Democratic governor said he was creating a special prosecutor because there could be a conflict of interest. The attorney general's office has been asked to look into how Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. handled a 2015 case against Harvey Weinstein.

David says Vance's actions caused mistrust in women's organizations and calls for his "disqualification" continue. Vance hasn't commented.

Schneiderman has denied abusing anyone.

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3:40 p.m.

Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has emerged from his apartment building for the first time since his resignation following allegations that he physically abused women.

News photographers and video journalists crowded around Schneiderman on Wednesday as he left his Manhattan apartment building and got into a waiting SUV.

He ignored questions, said, "Have a nice day," and was driven away.

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.

Schneiderman denied abusing anyone but said he had engaged in consensual "role playing."

He hasn't elaborated.

Schneiderman formally resigned his office Tuesday and now faces a criminal investigation.

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