That same day, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided Cohen's home, office, and hotel room seeking records pertaining to a hush payment Cohen negotiated just before the 2016 election to a woman who claims she had an affair with Trump.
Per Bloomberg, attorney Peter Gleason filed a letter in federal court requesting a protective order regarding "my discussions with Mr. Cohen regarding my discussions with Mr. Cohen concerning two women that were sexually victimized by Mr. Schneiderman". Gleason insists, with his clients' blessings, he told Cohen about their claims of abuse by Schneiderman.
Gleason says he doesn't know for sure if Cohen kept any other their communications, adding that they haven't spoken in five years.
"Mr. Cohen was very sympathetic to the plight of these young women", Gleason said.
Then Gleason got a call from Cohen.
Gleason's information could help explain a cryptic September 2013 tweet from Trump about Schneiderman, the former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, and former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
According to Gleason's account, Dunleavy did eventually discuss the accusations with Trump, because Gleason subsequently received a call from Trump's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
He also told the Times that he had told elected officials about Schneiderman's behavior almost five years ago, and he said that the two women who came to him are not among the four who talked to the New Yorker.
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The court documents were filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY on Friday.
Known for his zealous pursuit of the Trump administration and political corruption generally, Schneiderman suffered a precipitous fall from power this week after The New Yorker quoted three women, two of them on the record, as saying that he physically abused them.
Eliot Spitzer resigned as governor of NY in 2008 after his dalliance with a prostitute was revealed.
"During my communications with Mr. Cohen I shared with him certain details of Schneiderman's vile attacks" on the women, Gleason writes.
You can read Gleason's full letter at Law & Crime here. "Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner", Trump tweeted.
At the time, Trump's Trump University was under investigation by Schneiderman.
A day before Cohen wrote the court, Avenatti released a report that tallied $4.4 million in suspicious payments to Cohen since 2016, including $500,000 from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg.
Avenatti is seeking to be heard on a regular basis by Wood on the issue of the confidentiality of some of Cohen's files as they are reviewed by a court-appointed watchdog. He has called Schneiderman a "crook", a "lightweight", "the worst attorney general in the United States", an "incumbent lightweight dope", a "total loser", and accused him of wearing mascara or eyeliner.