In an article published Monday by The New Yorker, multiple

Eric Schneiderman Built Reputation as an Advocate for Women and a Foil to Trump


In an article published Monday by The New Yorker, multiple women who had relationships with Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York attorney general, accused him of physically assaulting them.

Almost immediately after the article was published, calls for Mr. Schneiderman to resign came pouring in from officials, including Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Mr. Schneiderman, 63, has contested the allegations in statements. Still, late on Monday, he announced his resignation.

Here is a look at Mr. Schneiderman’s career, including his yearslong defense of women and his rise to prominence as a foil to the Trump administration.

[Read our article about the accusations.]
How he climbed the ladder
Mr. Schneiderman graduated from Amherst College in 1977 and Harvard Law School in 1982, according to a biography on the attorney general’s website.

As a public interest lawyer, Mr. Schneiderman represented women seeking access to health clinics, sometimes suing protesters who he said harassed the women outside of the clinics. Along the way, he expressed support for codifying the Roe v. Wade decision into state law.

Mr. Schneiderman also spent 15 years in private practice before leaving to begin a successful campaign for the State Senate. He was elected in 1998 and seated the next year.

On Nov. 2, 2010, he was elected as the 65th attorney general of New York, making him the chief law enforcement officer of the state. He had been up for re-election this year.
What he has said about women
Mr. Schneiderman had been outspoken about women’s issues throughout his career.

In 2010, while he was still a state senator from Manhattan, he introduced a bill to make intentional strangulation to the point of unconsciousness a violent felony. That same year, the National Organization for Women’s New York branch endorsed him in his successful bid for attorney general, citing his “unmatched work” in “protecting women who are victims of domestic abuse.”

While Mr. Schneiderman was attorney general, his office, for several years, published a “Know Your Rights” brochure for victims of domestic violence.

“We must recognize that our work keeping New Yorkers safe from domestic violence is far from over,” Mr. Schneiderman said in the announcement for the 2016 brochure.
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Recently, he pushed himself to the forefront of the #MeToo movement, announcing a lawsuit against the company once run by the former filmmaker Harvey Weinstein, who was accused of decades of sexual misconduct.

“We have never seen anything as despicable as what we’ve seen right here,” Mr. Schneiderman said at the time.

At the direction of Governor Cuomo, he was also reviewing the 2015 decision by the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., not to prosecute Mr. Weinstein after an Italian model accused him of groping her.
Taking on Trump
Mr. Schneiderman was widely seen as harboring ambitions to be governor. His biography notes that “where Washington D.C. has failed to lead on the issues that matter, Eric has made clear that New York will provide a road map for the rest of the country.”

He had also raised his profile nationally by repeatedly taking on President Trump’s agenda in the courts. (Mr. Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct, though he has denied the allegations.)

Even before Mr. Trump took office, Mr. Schneiderman had filed a lawsuit against Trump University. And more recently, he had been pushing to change state law so his office could prosecute Mr. Trump’s aides if the president pardons them.

“Since November of 2016, Eric has led the fight to protect New Yorkers from the most harmful policies of the Trump Administration,” his biography says.

Among the other actions Mr. Schneiderman lists on the attorney general’s website:

• He successfully sued to block what he called President Trump’s “Muslim Ban.”

• He said he was taking the Trump administration to court over energy-efficiency standards.

• He said he was defending the rights of sanctuary cities in his state.

The biography also noted that Mr. Schneiderman had “introduced legislation that would protect and enhance New Yorkers’ access to the cost-free contraception” and wrote what the biography called “the most sweeping ethics bill in state history.”

“Eric has taken on the tough fights to protect New Yorkers,” the biography says, “because he believes there has to be one set of rules for everyone, no matter how rich or powerful.”

Source: nytimes.com