The appeal was repeated by Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, who alleged that Al Franken was being ousted from the Senate. "The violent actions described by several women in this story are despicable," she said in a statement. "Based on this comprehensive and serious coverage, I do not believe that Eric Schneiderman should continue serving as Attorney General."
Under the Constitution of New York, Mr. Schneidererman's successor is elected by the State Assembly and the Senate by joint vote – the decision is placed in the hands of the Assembly, which has far more members.
No Democrat had announced his intention to punish Mr. Schneiderman, who was ready for re-election this year, in the primary election; Manny Alicandro, a corporate lawyer from New York City, is a Republican candidate and officially declared his candidacy on Monday
Since 2017, Mr. Schneiderman had improved his national profile by repeatedly bringing President Trump's agenda to court. He urged that the state law be amended so that his office could prosecute Mr. Trump's aides, even if the president pardoned them; his resignation makes the status of this effort less secure.
Women's issues were also a focus for Mr. Schneiderman, who had, for example, announced a lawsuit against the company, which was once headed by former filmmaker Harvey Weinstein. Accused of decades of sexual misconduct. "We've never seen anything so despicable as what we've seen here," Mr. Schneiderman said
. Manning Barish described in the New York report to have been hit by Mr. Schneiderman after both had been drinking; she and Ms. Selvaratnam said some of the seizures had occurred after alcohol had been consumed.