In a matter of hours, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman went from a rising star and one of the most vocal champions of the #MeToo movement, to an accused offender. Mere hours after a bombshell report came out in The New Yorker, he resigned, after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) called for him to do so. In the New Yorker story, four women who said they were romantically involved with Schneiderman described being slapped, choked and emotionally abused by him. The report paints a far different picture from the man who, just months ago, publicly took on Harvey Weinstein and his company over the sexual assault accusations against him. Schneiderman has also been a thorn in Donald Trump’s side, leading the charge along with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on a number of lawsuits against the administration.
Two former Massachusetts Attorneys General, Scott Harshbarger and Martha Coakley — whose tenure overlapped with Schneiderman’s in New York — joined Jim Braude to discuss.