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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).
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State attorneys general are leading the resistance against Donald Trump

  • Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has been seeking to calm residents of her state, saying she’ll use her role as the Bay State’s top law enforcement officer to fight any of Trump’s policies that she feels either violates the Constitution or bodes ill for Massachusetts residents.
  • In New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman challenged Trump throughout his election campaign, including opening a fraud inquiry into Trump University that helped past attendees earn a massive $25 million settlement and investigating alleged impropriety at the Trump Foundation.
  • In California, Attorney General nominee Xavier Becerra — who looks poised to succeed Sen. Kamala Harris in the role — vowed during his confirmation process to take on Trump if he seeks to carry out mass deportations, implement a Muslim registry or attack environmental protections. Read more
New York prosecutor says Exxon misled investors on climate change

By Emily Flitter

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York’s top prosecutor on Friday accused Exxon Mobil of misleading investors about how it accounts for climate change risks, court filings show, offering a rare look inside an ongoing fraud investigation as it pressed the company to turn over more documents.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a court filing he had evidence of “potential materially false and misleading statements by Exxon” that could have led investors to think the U.S. oil giant company properly assessed the risks when it actually ignored a formula to estimate the impact of future environmental regulation on new deals.

Schneiderman’s filing came a day after President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, in which nearly 200 countries pledged to lower their greenhouse gas emissions to try to slow global warming. World leaders and many U.S. executives condemned the decision.

“ExxonMobil’s external statements have accurately described its use of a proxy cost of carbon, and the documents produced to the Attorney General make this fact unmistakably clear,” said Exxon spokesman Scott Silvestri. “We will respond fully to the Attorney General’s inaccurate and irresponsible allegations about proxy cost in our court filings.”

‘MAY BE A SHAM’

Schneiderman’s filing focused on the method Exxon used to give its investors estimates of the regulatory cost of greenhouse gas emissions on new projects. The company frequently showed investors a number it called a “proxy cost” for greenhouse gasses as a way to assure them it was accounting for potential changes to government policy that would make producing and burning fossil fuels more expensive.

“The exercise described to investors may be a sham,” Schneiderman wrote, because Exxon may not have actually applied it when estimating profits and losses on its investments.

“Exxon’s own documents suggest that if Exxon had applied the proxy cost it promised to shareholders, at least one substantial oil sands project may have projected a financial loss, rather than a profit, over the course of the project’s original timeline,” Schneiderman wrote.

The New York prosecutor is not the only authority examining Exxon’s climate-related statements to investors. Exxon said on Sept. 20 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was investigating how it valued its oil and gas reserves in the wake of low prices and potential curbs on carbon emissions.

UNUSUAL TRANSPARENCY

Exxon has been fighting Schneiderman’s requests for information about its climate change policies in both state and federal court, claiming it should not have to turn over records because the New York prosecutor’s probe is politically motivated and abusive to the company.

Its resistance has created a highly unusual condition: State and federal prosecutors normally only reveal their findings once they’ve completed the process and are ready to file charges.

But Exxon’s attempts to fight Schneiderman’s subpoenas - it even sued Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who is also probing the company, in federal court - have led Schneiderman to use evidence he’s uncovered so far to argue his case for why Exxon should be forced to hand over more documents.

Exxon has already turned over 2 million documents as part of the investigation, leading to the discovery that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who until December was chief executive of Exxon, used a separate email address and an alias, “Wayne Tracker,” to discuss climate change-related issues while at the company.

Schneiderman is seeking records he says Exxon has been withholding, as well the ability to interview Exxon employees who might know about Exxon’s internal climate change discussions.

On May 23, a New York State appeals court ruled Exxon should turn over records Schneiderman was requesting.

Exxon shares were down 1.5 percent Friday at $79.49. Crude prices fell on worries Trump’s decision to withdraw from the global climate accord could ultimately result in an overabundance of oil production.

(Reporting By Emily Flitter; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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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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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Senator Elizabeth Warren rocks New York City.

Last night, I had the privilege of seeing Senator Elizabeth Warren speak to an amazing crowd of progressives in New York City. A selection of distinguished leaders joined Senator Warren in speaking about big money’s power over politics and the economy, including New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and newly elected New York City Public Advocate Letitia James. The excitement and energy of the entire crowd was contagious, and left me feeling inspired, awed, and motivated. It was amazing to see people come together and work towards a common goal of pursuing justice and equality. 


Senator Warren and NY Attorney General Schneiderman enter Saint Peter’s Church.

Attorney General Schneiderman spoke about his partnership with Senator Warren to hold banks accountable for crashing the economy in 2008. He spoke of the housing crisis that resulted from the banks’ reckless and fraudulent mortgage lending, and his determination to bring justice to the American people. His recent settlement with JP Morgan Chase for $13 billion was only the beginning. He plans on pursuing more legal action against the big banks that ruined our economy. He also expressed how income inequality is the biggest problem in America today. The gap between the rich and poor has gotten wider, and hardworking Americans are struggling to make ends meet. For so long, politicians have avoided this subject. They don’t want to talk about income inequality because it is such a touchy issue, especially in New York City, where the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor live. But there’s a new mayor in town, and Bill de Blasio isn’t afraid to speak the truth. Schneiderman expressed how delighted he is that New York City now has a leader who will fight for the poor and middle class of this city. Schneiderman spoke with conviction and poise. He showed his true leadership skills and his passion for making New York a better state.


NY Attorney General Schneiderman addresses New Yorkers.

The real star of the show was Senator Warren. I have never seen anyone speak with more passion, more feeling, and more determination than Senator Warren. She truly feels for the people. She started off with a ton of energy and got the crowd really excited. She spoke about her partnership with Schneiderman, the crippling debt of student loans, the struggle that hardworking Americans are going through, the income inequality that is holding back our people, the need for more regulation of banks and Wall Street, reforming campaign finance laws, getting big money out of politics, and her determination to change America. There was a moment in her speech when she became very emotional as she was talking about how young people are being crippled by student loan debt. You can hear it in her voice, she was on the brink of tears when she told us a story about a student who wanted to drop out of college because he feared the heavy burden of student loan debt. At that moment, I realized how much she really cares about the American people. It physically and emotionally hurts her to see people suffer in this country. As someone who also feels the heavy burden of student loan debt, I felt as if she were speaking to me directly. I was amazed that a politician could be so caring for someone she didn’t know personally. It showcased her strength and love for this country. Senator Warren was one of the most amazing public speakers I have ever seen (she didn’t even need notes, she just spoke from the heart) and it was such a privilege for me to see her in person. I always idolize her from the television/computer screen, but to be in the same room as her was a completely mind-blowing experience. She is, in one word, phenomenal.


Senator Warren rocks New York City and gets a standing ovation.

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

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* 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