State Attorney General appoints prosecutors investigating public corruption, possibly Trump

Scheiderman's office is expected to explore whether it has legal standing to challenge Trump on the U.S. Constitution's emoluments clause, which prohibits federal office holders from accepting payments from foreign governments.

Schneiderman also has hired Eric Haren to work on public corruption cases, the News said.

He has already filed a lawsuit on Trump's new immigration ban and is considering other potential lawsuits dealing with environmental protections and other areas where the office deems New Yorkers are vulnerable. Haren had worked for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where he has been chief counsel to the ranking Democrat, Sen Dianne Feinstein, of California.

Under U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, Master prosecuted public integrity cases, including the case against former NY assembly speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges.

I had respect for Preet Bharara, the US Attorney here in Manhattan, until his recent tantrum over being asked to resign by Trump. He left the USA attorney's office on March 8.

"[He] will be working on a wide range of civil and criminal investigations and enforcement matters, including public corruption, complex civil litigation", Soufer said.

Bharara was sacked last week by the Trump administration as it continued a common practice by new administrations of cleaning house of holdover US attorneys.

Schneiderman announced the hiring of Eric Haren as his special counsel and senior adviser.

The former prosecutor, known for his aggressive pursuit of the Wall Street bankers responsible for the 2008 financial crisis, was investigating the stock trades of Trump's newly-appointed Health and Human Services secretary, Tom Price, at the time of his removal, ProPublica reported Friday.

Interest mounted recently about Schneiderman's next move against Trump, after having successfully sued Trump University, resulting in a $25 million settlement in favor of the plaintiffs that Trump had initially vowed would never happen.

The group Free Speech for People appealed to Schneiderman in February, asking him to revoke a business charter that allows the Trump Organization, the president's business empire, to continue to operate in NY, indicating possible illegal activities.

  • Larry Hoffman