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In his Friday letter, lawyer Peter Gleason said that in 2013 he told a former New York Post columnist, Steve Dunleavy, about two women who had approached him claiming sexual misconduct by Schneiderman, then the attorney general.

"The extent of Mr. Cohen memorializing any of our conversations is unknown", it continues. He claims there would have been significant "political corruption".

Gleason claims that he talked to Stephen Dunleavy, a retired journalist, about the situation, and Dunleavy offered to talk to Trump about it. Dunleavy had a relationshp with Donald Trump, and suggested that he bring up the news with the President, which he then successfully did. Mr. Dunleavy did indeed discuss this very matter with Mr. Trump as evidenced by a phone call I received from Attorney Michael Cohen, ' Gleason wrote.

At the time, Schneiderman was investigating Trump's defunct real-estate-education venture, Trump University, and Trump was hammering Schneiderman in the press and on Twitter over the inquiry. He is under criminal investigation in the Southern District of NY for possible campaign finance violations and bank fraud.

"Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone - next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman", Trump tweeted. Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner, ' wrote Trump.

Cohen did not immediately return a request for comment from Business Insider.

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Gleason says in his letter that he did not think it would be worthwhile to go to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office with the allegations, "based on my past experiences in reporting prima facie political corruption that was ignored by the office, some of which were ultimately prosecuted elsewhere".

The letter closes with an unexpected dig at Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represents Trump accuser Stormy Daniels.

Gleason writes that Trump was given information about Schneiderman years ago - and that he spoke to Trump lawyer Michael Cohen about it.

That information has come to light as part of the federal investigation into Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen.

President Donald Trump was told years ago about abuse allegations against former NY attorney general Eric Schneiderman, according to a lawyer who has written the judge overseeing the Michael Cohen case. The New York Observer dubbed him the "foremost practitioner of the dark art known as opposition research". In the interest of maintaining their privacy, Gleason is asking Judge Kimba Wood to grant an order protecting "any and all records" regarding the matter.