new york attorney general eric schneiderman

politico.com
Mueller teams up with New York attorney general in Manafort probe
The cooperation is the latest sign that the investigation into Trump's former campaign chairman is intensifying.

Josh Dawsey at Politico: 

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on its investigation into Paul Manafort and his financial transactions, according to several people familiar with the matter.

The cooperation is the latest indication that the federal probe into President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman is intensifying. It also could potentially provide Mueller with additional leverage to get Manafort to cooperate in the larger investigation into Trump’s campaign, as Trump does not have pardon power over state crimes.

The two teams have shared evidence and talked frequently in recent weeks about a potential case, these people said. One of the people familiar with progress on the case said both Mueller’s and Schneiderman’s teams have collected evidence on financial crimes, including potential money laundering.

No decision has been made on where or whether to file charges. “Nothing is imminent,” said one of the people familiar with the case.

Manafort has not been accused of any wrongdoing and has previously denied it. A spokesman for Manafort didn’t return phone calls seeking comment.

Eric Schneiderman is the Attorney General of New York. 

He has always come down on the side of the people, not the corporation, and has a list of enemies including the Daily Caller and Jeffery Lord. 

Him standing up and pushing back against the clause in the Equifax terms and conditions is the sort of thing he always does. 

Oh, and? 

He has consistently been a thorn in the side of Donald Trump since long before the real estate modul touched politics. He has been talking to Special Counsel Mueller, and, should the state of New York press charges against someone, it’s done as state crimes, which cannot be pardoned by anyone but the New York Governor. 

Eric Schneiderman is a good person to follow as a balm against the corruption in much of US Politics. 

by request of one (1) person, here is my article on why the high costs of broadway tickets are bullshit

[side note: i just wanna say that i mention lin manuel miranda and hamilton a lot in this article, and honestly, if id have had my way, i wouldve mentioned hamilton once and left it at that. however my teacher wanted me to make it more “relatable”, and apparently people relate more to hamilton than other shows. go figure. which isnt to say i dont like hamilton; i do! its just that i feel its talked about too much in the media when referring to broadway, and its overused and im over it tbh. anyway enough of me rambling.]

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“Wicked,” “Hamilton,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Groundhog Day.”What do these titles have in common? They’re all musicals on Broadway! There are over 25 shows playing currently, including “Phantom of the Opera” and “Aladdin.” Most shows play twice a day—including weekends, which gives more opportunities to catch them while they’re still playing. However, there is a major catch.

  Ticket prices are rising at an alarming rate. According to the LA Times, during the summer of 2014, the average costs passed the $100 mark for the first time, baffling even those able to afford the higher prices. The Broadway League decides these prices, and the more popular shows tend to profit more; following the top five musicals right now, the highest cost is $807.50 (“Hamilton”) and the lowest is $50 (“Aladdin”).

  Why are the costs so high? One reason is that many people are interested in Broadway and theater, so the more people that buy tickets, the higher the League will price them. Another reason is the cost of the show itself: paying the actors/actresses, set building, lighting—all of that and more.

  Why has this gained so much attention? For those who have spent months or even years obsessing over “Hamilton,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” or “Groundhog Day,” a great portion of them will never be able to see those shows, due to not having the money or means of transportation. It’s very frustrating, from a personal standpoint, especially when one relates so intensely to the show. Plus, traveling would be a whole other cost: hotels, food, gas/transportation money, etc. So someone going to see “Hamilton” might pay over $1,000!

  Lin Manuel-Miranda, writer and star of “Hamilton,” wrote an editorial on the subject and was no less than deeply apologetic to his fans. He writes that it was found in an investigation by New York attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, that ticket bots buy up the tickets only seconds after they are put up for sale, reselling them at higher prices on legal resale websites such as StubHub.

Although the action is, and has always been, illegal, the brokers that run the bots seem to not care for penalty. The State Senate eventually passed a law which punished brokers who use these bots to knowingly resell tickets, with higher penalties such as imprisonment. Resell sites are also required to include the tickets’ original purchase price, to show the buyer the markup.

  Miranda ends his letter with heartfelt words, saying, “You shouldn’t have to fight robots just to see something you love.” If I may speak for the general Broadway audience, this message is dearly received by most, if not all, of us.

  But Miranda wasn’t quite done there. Back in August of this year, the cast of “Hamilton” gathered at the Pantages Theater in LA for a special #Ham4Ham performance. The hashtag was a $10 lottery to win front-row tickets to the real show later on in the day. Performers included Jimmy Fallon and other celebrities, singing songs centered around Californian themes. The day ended with 40 names being picked to win the lottery.

  If you are unable to see your favorite show on stage, don’t panic just yet. One day, we may see prices go back down to just about reasonable, and more people in charge will realize we need to have a voice. For now, clutch your favorite playbill to your chest, take a deep breath, and know: you’re not alone.

Clean water is essential to life – and the people of our states and the nation deserve the basic protections established by the Clean Water Rule, to ensure that the benefits of clean water are shared equally, regardless of state lines.

We won’t hesitate to protect our people and our environment—including by aggressively opposing in court President Trump’s actions that ignore both the law and the public’s paramount need for clean water.
—  New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and a coalition of attorneys general from the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Vermont, in response to Donald Trump’s executive order to start eliminating the Clean Water Rule (also known as the Waters of the United States Rule).
reuters.com
White House says it can't lawfully pay Obamacare subsidies
President Donald Trump will stop payments worth billions of dollars to health insurers to subsidize low-income Americans, the White House said on Thursday, a move health insurers have warned will cause chaos in insurance markets and a spike in premiums.

WELP. TIME TO CRATER THE INSURANCE MARKET.

Just in time for open enrollment, too.

President Donald Trump will stop payments worth billions of dollars to health insurers to subsidize low-income Americans, the White House said on Thursday, a move health insurers have warned will cause chaos in insurance markets and a spike in premiums.

The move to undermine President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, officially called the Affordable Care Act, drew criticism from Democrats and the threat of a lawsuit from state attorneys general.

Trump has made the payments, guaranteed to insurers under Obamacare to help lower out-of-pocket medical expenses for low-income consumers, each month since taking office in January. But he has repeatedly threatened to cut them off and disparaged them as a “bailout” for insurance companies.

The White House said late on Thursday that it cannot lawfully pay the subsidies to health insurance companies.

A White House statement said that based on guidance from the Justice Department, “the Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that there is no appropriation for cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under Obamacare.”

“In light of this analysis, the Government cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments,” the statement said.

Nancy Pelosi derided the move in a joint statement, saying Trump would single-handedly push American’s healthcare premiums higher.

“It is a spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage leveled at working families and the middle class in every corner of America,” they said. “Make no mistake about it, Trump will try to blame the Affordable Care Act, but this will fall on his back and he will pay the price for it.”

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman says there’s probably a lawsuit coming over this, but until then, welcome to a world of fear and uncertainty. And hurting millions of people in the most efficient way possible, of course.

vox.com
It’s 6 months into Trump’s presidency. He’s already asking about pardons for his aides.
By Andrew Prokop

It’s only six months into Donald Trump’s presidency — and he’s already looking into his powers to pardon his top aides and family members for unspecified crimes, according to a report from the Washington Post published Thursday night…

[I]f this report is true, Trump is apparently worried enough about his, his family members’ and his top aides’ legal exposure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation that he’s already looking into pardons before anyone’s been convicted or even charged with any crimes.

To be clear: It would be utterly shocking, and seemingly without any real precedent in US history, for a sitting president to pardon close aides or family members facing investigation.

And it would also seemingly be within the president’s powers. The pardon power is incredibly wide-ranging. A president can pardon essentially all federal crimes at any point after they’ve been committed — even if they haven’t yet been charged or convicted.

Fun fact #1: Accepting a pardon requires a formal admission of guilt from the person accepting it.

Fun fact #2: A presidential pardon shields a person from federal prosecution. If, say, New York state’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, wanted to bring money laundering and other charges against the Trumps, he can.

independent.co.uk
Donald Trump sued by 18 states for ending key Obamacare payments with executive order
Move to end subsidies for lower-income customers 'breathtakingly reckless', says New York's attorney general.

Donald Trump has been slapped with a lawsuit by US states after he signed an executive order scrapping a key component of Obamacare.

Mr Trump said he wanted to end subsidies to insurers that help millions of low-income people pay medical expenses because “I don’t want to make the insurance companies rich”.

The subsidies cost $7bn (£5.3bn) this year and were estimated at $10bn for 2018, according to congressional analysts. “They’re making a fortune by getting that kind of money,” the President said.

But there were bizarre scenes at the signing ceremony when, after making a few remarks, Mr Trump appeared to head for the exitwithout having put pen to paper. Vice President Mike Pence caught him by the shoulder and reminded him to sign the order.

The billionaire’s latest action raised concerns about chaos in insurance markets.

It took aim at a critical element of the 2010 law, his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement. Frustrated by the failure of his fellow Republicans who control both houses of Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare, Mr Trump has taken several steps to chip away at it.

Democrats accused Mr Trump of sabotaging the law.

Democratic attorneys general from the 18 states as well as Washington, DC, filed a lawsuit in federal court in California later on Friday. The states include: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington state.

The states will ask the court to force Mr Trump to make the next subsidy payment, but legal experts said they were likely to face an uphill battle in court.

“His effort to gut these subsidies with no warning or even a plan to contain the fallout is breathtakingly reckless,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. “This is an effort simply to blow up the system.”

The new lawsuit would be separate from a case pending before an appeals court in the District of Columbia in which 16 Democratic state attorneys general are defending the legality of the payments.

If the subsidies vanish, low-income Americans who obtain insurance through Obamacare online marketplaces where insurers can sell policies would face higher insurance premiums and out-of-pocket medical costs. It would particularly hurt lower-middle-class families whose incomes are still too high to qualify for certain government assistance.

About 10 million people are enrolled in Obamacare through its online marketplaces, and most receive subsidies. Mr Trump’s action came just weeks before the period starting on 1 November when individuals have to begin enrolling for 2018 insurance coverage through the law’s marketplaces.

The administration will not make the next payment to insurers, scheduled for Wednesday, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.

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Trump University con settled for $25 million 10 days after successfully conning America.

**Actual photo of Donald Trump signing his settlement.

Donald Trump has settled three Trump University lawsuits for $25m (£20m), the New York Attorney General has said.

The US president-elect was being sued by former students who paid $35,000 (£28,000) for real estate “secrets” from his “hand-picked” instructors.

Mr Trump had repeatedly said he would not settle the class-action lawsuits.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the settlement was a “stunning reversal” by Mr Trump and a “major victory” for victims.

The businessman faced three fraud lawsuits in California and New York.

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I’m sure we’ll get a statement soon where Donald Trump says he won, because that’s what he’s been doing since 1973 when the Justice Department sued him for racial discrimination against Black prospective renters.

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huffingtonpost.com
The Democratic Establishment Figured Out What Went Wrong. They're Still Working On What's Next.
Welcome to the wilderness.

It was a good time for this particular crowd to stay out of D.C.

Had the vote counts gone a little differently in three Midwestern counties on Nov. 8, the 120 or so Democratic Party donors gathered at a golf resort outside of Miami this weekend would have been feting each other in the nation’s capital. Instead, they were taking in somber lectures about the electoral catastrophe the party had just suffered, and grappling with the way forward.

It was a gathering of what Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) railed against during his presidential campaign as “the establishment.” The conference, organized by longtime Clinton family operative David Brock, was dominated by Clintonfolk. Jon Cowan, president of the ardently centrist Third Way think tank, was among the most prominent panelists, alongside Hillary Clinton confidante Maya Harris, “Morning Joe” regular Harold Ford and even embattled Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  

But the overwhelming analysis emanating from Brockapalooza was essentially a haute couture Berniecrat gripe: The Democratic Party has been writing off way too much of the electorate by assuming it doesn’t need ― or can’t win ― the votes of working-class people.

“I think there’s a sense that some portion of the Democratic Party shares the blame for what happened,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told reporters. “The Democrats acquiesced in many ways to policies making people’s lives worse.”

He was referring obliquely to the legacy of former President Bill Clinton ― deregulating high finance, gutting welfare, feeding mass incarceration ― which leaders of a party ostensibly devoted to empowering the powerless have been reluctant to acknowledge.

“How many bankers went to jail?” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the sole senator to endorse Sanders in the Democratic primary, asked the crowd on Saturday morning in reference to the 2008 financial crisis. “None,” he concluded.

There were real disagreements about the right course of action. But speaker after speaker said the party’s reliance on demographic trends had made it complacent on matters of economic justice. This had cost Democrats not just the presidency, but governorships and hundreds of state legislature seats across the country.

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The list of demands reads as follows:

1) We demand the immediate firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo and all officers involved in the Eric Garner murder.

2) We demand NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman immediately appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute all excessive force and wrongful death cases by police officers, and in particular, immediately appoint a Special Prosecutor in the wrongful death of Eric Garner.

3) We demand the City and State of New York draft legislation making the chokehold illegal, with significant penalties for any officer who uses it.

4) We demand NYC create an NYPD Training Program- modeled on San Antonio’s successful Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)- to eliminate racial disparity and police brutality.

5) We demand an immediate end to NYPD’s “Broken Windows” Policing, which overwhelmingly targets black and brown communities while having no effect on neighborhood safety or crime reduction.

6) We demand an end to the criminialization of young people in the NY school system. The so-called “school-to-prison pipeline” targets primarily youth of color and has created a generation of youth growing up incarcerated. Mayor Bill de Blasio has made this a hallmark of his historic campaign, but has yet to give the issue any attention or resources.

7) We demand that US Attorney General Eric Holder expedite the federal investigation into the death of Eric Garner.

8) We demand that State and all localities engage in complete transparency in regards to profiling, search and seizure practices, and to provide all public data on other police practices including summonses, arrests, and detention practices.

9) We call on Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to meet with Justice League NYC in order to explore all avenues to make viable implementation of the above demands as immediately and efficiently as possible. 

Signed: @NYCJusticeLeague 

New York Attorney General Wants Permission to Go After Officers Who Kill Unarmed Civilians

New York Attorney General Wants Permission to Go After Officers Who Kill Unarmed Civilians

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Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York asked Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday to immediately grant his office the power to investigate and prosecute killings of unarmed civilians by law enforcement officials. (more…)

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Grant Alfred Robinson a new trial

In 2002, my husband Alfred Robinson was convicted of a crime that he did not commit and sentenced to 33 years to life in jail. The year prior, Alfred testified in a criminal trial in which he had no involvement, but was believed to be an eyewitness. Alfred was given specific instructions by the prosecutor to say that he saw something that he did not see. Unwilling to do so, he spoke the truth under oath. Doing so cost him dearly as the DA helped to jail Alfred based on a vendetta against him.

Over the years, evidence has come out to prove that Alfred did not commit the crime. The District Attorney’s office has possessed this newly discovered evidence since 2007, but has never offered Alfred a hearing to review it. Nor has anyone followed up with the person who confessed (he is in jail).

Alfred deserves a fair hearing to prove that he didn’t commit this crime. I’m calling on the New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and our local District Attorney William Fitzpatrick to give him a new trial. And I need your help to do so – please sign my petition!

The DA in Alfred’s case was known to do whatever was necessary to win a case. He often instructed witnesses about their testimony like he did with Alfred. In this case, the DA relied on several witnesses’ “testimonies” in exchange for giving them lighter sentences. Alfred’s trial attorney also did not create a defense for him, despite the fact his alibi could have been confirmed since my son was born the night before the incident.

Witnesses, including the victim, came forward with sworn affidavits recanting their testimony in 2007. The person who committed the crime also gave a sworn confession giving details of the crime as well as the location of the weapon. I have all of the signed affidavits to prove it.

Alfred has been in jail for nearly 13 years, since our son was two days old. It breaks my heart everyday to look at my son knowing that he may never get to experience a relationship with his dad outside of prison walls. It is my hope that getting this petition signed by enough people will get New York State to grant Alfred a hearing, or even better yet, a new trial.

https://www.change.org/p/attorney-general-eric-schneiderman-grant-alfred-robinson-a-new-trial

Papa John’s Franchise Ordered to Pay $800,000 in Stolen Wages

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman won his suit against Emmanuel Onuaguluchi, owner of six Papa John’s outlets in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. Schneiderman showed that the owner audaciously “rounded down to the nearest whole hour each employee’s workweek.” That’s wage theft. And not only that, but Onuaguluchi even attempted to sell the stores in order to flee culpability in the matter. Talk about a real Boss of the Year type, eh?

Report: Airbnb rentals illegal in New York

NYT: Nearly three quarters of New York’s Airbnb home rentals are illegal as they violate zoning and other laws, a report by the state’s attorney general says, threatening the burgeoning market

Photo: Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York attorney general, found nearly three-quarters of all Airbnb rentals in the city were illegal. Credit Carlo Allegri/Reuters

VOTER SUPPRESSION IN NY

* If poll workers cannot find you in any books at your polling site
1.866.868.3692

* Attorney General Eric Schneiderman hotline
800.771.7755

* New York’s U.S. Attorney’s Offices (for Brooklyn, Queens, Richmond, Nassau, & Suffolk counties)
718.254.6323

* New York’s U.S. Attorney’s Offices (for New York, Bronx, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, & Westchester counties)
212.637.0840

* New York Board of Elections Enforcement Councel
518.486.7858

* United States Election Assistance Commission
866.747.1471 -&- 301.563.3919

* American Civil Liberties Union
212.549.2500

* Federal Bureau of Investigation
800.225.5324

* Election Protection
866.687.8683 (info@866ourvote.org)

* Election Justice USA
justice@ElectionJusticeUSA.org