President Donald Trump and his personal attorney Michael Cohen both knew of three women who accused former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of sexually inappropriate behavior back in 2013, according to a letter sent by an attorney representing the women.
The filing made by attorney Peter Gleason to U.S. Southern District Court Judge Kimba Wood Friday stated that he told a journalist about the women and the reporter suggested he speak with Donald Trump about the matter in 2013.
Gleason also asserted that he later received a call from Cohen that he believed confirmed Trump had heard about the allegations made against Schneiderman.
Trump had predicted Schneiderman’s demise in a tweet sent in September 2013, stating that he would be gone after the falls of fellow New York officials Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer due to sex scandals.
“Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone – next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman. Is he a crook? Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner,” Trump tweeted.
Gleason made the filing, a request for a protective order, to Wood to protect two of the alleged victims’ identities after Cohen’s office, residence and hotel room were raided by federal officials last month.
Newsweek sent Gleason a list of questions but did not receive an immediate response.
Cohen, along with Trump’s attorneys, had previously argued that they should be able to review the materials seized in the raid to determine if anything was covered by attorney-client privilege between Trump and Cohen.
An attorney representing Cohen did not immediately respond to Newsweek‘s request for comment.
A lawyer who argued for Trump on the attorney-client privilege matter also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Judge Wood appointed a special master last month to review documents and records seized by federal officials before federal prosecutors over a period of four weeks.
The three Schneiderman accusers revealed by Gleason appeared to be separate from the four women who made similar accusations against Schneiderman in a report by The New Yorker published earlier this week. He was accused of sexual violence, including threatening and slapping the women, allegedly referring to one as his “brown slave” and telling her to call him “master.”