As time goes by, the Mueller investigation keeps sinking into damaging controversies that clearly destroy its alleged neutrality. The latest scandal came on Tuesday when New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman boasted of his successful resistance to the Trump administration in a Medium post. Naturally, what makes this situation quite controversial is the fact that he is assisting Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
This Attorney General, who could play a key role in the disposition of the investigation, has effectively branded himself as a public anti-Trump litigator during the Trump’s first year in office. Of course, no one feels surprised with this blatant display of bias, considering the history of hostility between these two figures.
Tuesday’s Medium post accompanied a profile of the Attorney General in the New York Times. The newspaper noted that Schneiderman lodged 100 administrative or legal challenges to administration policies during the president’s first year.
Apparently, such challenges include the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That was an Obama-era amnesty policy that grants temporary status to illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children. In addition, such challenges include lawsuits contesting the travel ban, which was one of Trump’s major steps in terms of National Security.
According to The New York Times, Schneiderman assured that his mission is to “protect New Yorkers from those who would do them harm.” In addition, he said that the biggest threat to every single New Yorker is the federal government. Given this situation, he assured that “we’re responding to it.”
Naturally, the presence of this Attorney General in Mueller’s team represents a massive blow to the investigation’s credibility, which was already questioned after the news of FBI agent Peter Strzok.
As the Conservative Daily Post reported, this man sent anti-Trump text messages to his mistress and senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page. In their exchange, Strzok exposed, on several opportunities nonetheless, his bias against President Trump. In fact, one message in particular caught everyone’s attention, since he suggested some kind of coup against Trump in case he won the 2016 presidential election.
Apparently, Schneiderman is building a political profile around his anti-Trump bona fides. As reported by the New York Times, the Attorney General explained that he has invested several resources and personnel in anti-Trump litigation efforts. In fact, he assured he made all of this while coordinating with other Democratic state attorneys general to challenge the Trump administration in court.
In addition to this clear display of bias, the most incredible detail about this man is that his official Twitter account feed regularly features content promoting the AG’s litigiousness and attacking the president. Basically, if the Mueller investigation needed just a little pinch of credibility to avoid traveling in turbid waters, Schneiderman’s figure will intensify the claims that this is a witch hunt.
Back in August, Mueller’s office decided to retain Schneiderman’s assistance in a bid to establish greater leverage against Trump and his loyalists. While the Constitution invests the president with the power to pardon violations on federal crime, he cannot grant relief from local and state prosecution.
Apparently, the Attorney General’s cooperation provides a strong supplement to Mueller’s office, as it ensures criminal prosecutions may still proceed against any individual Trump could pardon.
While the extent of cooperation between these two officers remains unclear, unnamed sources close to the Mueller investigation assured they have shared evidence and discussed potential cases.
Relations between Attorney General and the president have been characterized over the last few years by mutual animosity. Trump loosed a steady barrage of disparagement against Schneiderman on Twitter during the Trump University Civil case.
BREAKING: Openly anti-Trump New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has bragged about “Legal Resistance” to the President, is reportedly ASSISTING ROBERT MUELLER! Seriously? This is an unbiased investigation? #MuellerMustGo https://t.co/6FObejhA0p
— David Burke (@ConservativeTht) December 28, 2017
In fact, in a string of October 2014 tweets, Trump accused the Attorney General of blowing cocaine and wearing Revlon eyeliner at a revolting Manhattan dive. Schneiderman eventually denied both charges.
Legal experts have described the New York Attorney General as a natural ally of the special counsel. Many of the president’s associates and business interest are based in New York City, where Schneiderman has enough power to bring cases.
His office was also investigating the president well in advance of the 2016 election. Schneiderman brought a $40 million civil case against the now-defunct Trump University four years ago for illegal business practices and fraud.
While his connections with Mueller are quite clear, the Attorney General told the New York Times he’s watching the investigation “from the outside, like everybody else.”