New Yorker journalist Ronan Farrow said some of the victims of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s alleged abusive behavior were warned to stay silent “for the good of the Democratic Party” and out of fear that the top cop in the Empire State would use wiretaps against them.
Farrow made the assertion on CNN Tuesday morning as the fallout of his explosive report continues:
“A lot of their friends and loved ones said, ‘Don’t do it. Don’t speak out against him. And in some cases, that was because they feared the risk of reprisals. They feared him threatening people — using his office and power to say he could wiretap people or he could come after people. But also in some cases, Alisyn, those friends warned them off of talking because they thought that he had the power to do too much good for the Democratic Party.”
Schneiderman had positioned himself as a stalwart opponent of President Donald Trump and was seen by many Democrats as a white knight fighting the good fight against the president through lawsuits against the administration.
The revelation that victims of his alleged abuse were counseled into silence so that he could carry out his anti-Trump agenda on behalf of the Democratic Party is, as CNN host Alisyn Camerota said, “a story in itself.”
As more information about Schneiderman comes to light over the next several days, one wonders if like Harvey Weinstein, the Eric Schneiderman scandal was actually an “open secret” in New York Democrat circles.
The suggestion that Schneiderman would use illegal wiretaps to harass and intimidate his alleged victims certainly raises the appearance of a pattern of behavior employed by powerful government law enforcement figures using tools of investigation as weapons against political and personal opponents.