NRA Seizes On Schneiderman Abuse Allegations To Push For Female Gun Ownership
May 12 2018
A lawyer who said he was working on behalf of two women who claimed that the former NY attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, had "sexually victimized" them, asserted on Friday that he had discussed the claims in 2013 with Michael D. Cohen, Donald J. Trump's longtime lawyer and fixer.
Counseling against reporting the allegations to Manhattan's district attorney based on his past experiences with political corruption cases, 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.
"Just to be clear: not one source for our story on Schneiderman has any ties to Trump or Michael Cohen", Mayer wrote.
The next day, the NRA's media sector, NRATV, cited the abuse to advocate for female gun ownership as a means of defense against sexual assault and domestic violence.
The first woman approached him in 2012, and he claims he told her that the justice system would sooner protect Schneiderman than help her.
In actuality, evidence shows that the presence of a firearm makes domestic violence situations more unsafe.
Peter Gleason told U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in a letter that he had been contacted by the two women a year apart with claims that were "almost identical". Gleason assumed he had done so, given that he then received a call from Cohen, to whom he divulged "certain details of Scheinderman's [SIC] vile attacks on these two women".
Gleason wrote that in light of recent disclosures of Cohen banking records by Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for the porn star Cohen paid to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump, he is anxious to keep his 2013 discussions secret.
"Mr. Gleason has no idea what he is talking about regarding my behavior and appears to be doing the bidding for Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump", Avenatti said. "The extent of Mr. Cohen's memorializing any of our communications is unknown", he added, asking the court to seal any such records related to the conversation. Last month, the $25 million settlement was finalized for the students who claimed they were defrauded by the school.
Cohen did not immediately return CBS News' request for comment.
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.