President Donald Trump may have already known about alleged victims of NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman before he announced his resignation, according to a revelation in a new court document.
The Blast has obtained a letter filed in Michael Cohen's legal case over his FBI raid by an attorney named Peter Gleason. Gleason is trying to keep communications between him and Cohen private, because he's worried it may out potential sexual assault victims of Schneiderman.
Gleason says between 2012 and 2013 he was approached by two separate women who claimed victims of sexual misconduct by Schneiderman. Gleason claims he advised them not to report the alleged attacks, due to his belief that Schneiderman serving as the attorney general would only cause them harm instead of justice. He claims there would have been significant "political corruption."
Gleason says he recently took the information about Schneiderman and delivered it to a retired journalist named Stephen Dunleavy. Dunleavy had a relationshp with Donald Trump, and suggested that he bring up the news with the President, which he then successfully did.
A short while later, Gleason claims he received a call from Michael Cohen, and he reiterated the story of the "vile attacks" to Cohen.
The reason Gleason is now asking for a protective order on the communications with Cohen, is because he believes Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti is on a crusade against Cohen and Trump and will stop at nothing to publicly expose them for any wrongdoing.
He says Avenatti appears to have "reckless" behavior, and wants to make sure that he doesn't get his hands on the private records.