“It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as Attorney General for the people of the State of New York,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
“In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me. While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time. I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.”
Schneiderman had repeatedly taken on President Trump’s agenda in the courts—most notably, filing a lawsuit against Trump University, the President’s failed career development course.
Schneiderman also filed a successful suit to block Trump’s travel restrictions from predominately Muslim countries and defended sanctuary cities in New York State.
News of Schneiderman’s demise pleased at least one key Trump official: Kellyanne Conway, the White House’s counselor, tweeted out The New Yorker article, calling it “harrowing.”
She subsequently retweeted a tweet that Schneiderman had written in October 2017, which read: ““No one is above the law, and I’ll continue to remind President Trump and his administration of that fact everyday.”
Conway captioned his tweet: “Gotcha.”
President Trump has yet to weigh in on Schneiderman’s resignation—but one of the President’s tweet from September 11, 2013 went viral around the internet. Trump had tweeted: “Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone – next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman. Is he a crook? Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner.”