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November 12, 2018

Protective order on Michael Cohen’s notes over Eric Schneiderman’s abuse allegations denied

May 26, 2018
A judge denied lawyer Peter Gleason’s protective order request on Michael Cohen’s notes from a 2013 talk over ex-State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s alleged abuse of two women. (Todd Maisel/New York Daily News)

A lawyer’s bizarre bid to have a protective order placed on any notes from a 2013 conversation with Michael Cohen about ex-State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s alleged abuse of two women was rejected by a judge Thursday.

Attorney Peter Gleason had sought a protective order on notes Cohen might have taken during their conversation. Those notes could have been seized by the FBI during an April 9 raid on Cohen’s law office and residences.




In a terse one-page ruling Manhattan Federal Court Judge Kimba Wood rejected Gleason’s effort for an added level of secrecy on the notes.

Wood is overseeing an ongoing case over the raid, which revealed an investigation into President Trump’s personal attorney for campaign finance violations, as well as bank and wire fraud.

Attorney Peter Gleason tried to add a level of security on Michael Cohen's notes about the former New York State Attorney General.
Attorney Peter Gleason tried to add a level of security on Michael Cohen’s notes about the former New York State Attorney General. (Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)

A retired judge is currently assisting in the review of Cohen’s materials to determine which are subject to attorney-client privilege.

Gleason said that in 2013 a columnist for the New York Post suggested he speak with Donald Trump regarding two women who alleged Schneiderman had been “sexually inappropriate” with them. At the time, Trump was mulling a run for governor.

Gleason ended up describing the allegations to Cohen, who is Trump’s personal attorney.

Eric Schneiderman resigned from office as New York State Attorney General when four women accused him of abuse.
Eric Schneiderman resigned from office as New York State Attorney General when four women accused him of abuse. (Marcus Santos/New York Daily News)

Schneiderman resigned in disgrace earlier this month after the New Yorker reported he was a hard-drinking brute who had abused four women while presenting himself publicly as a champion of the #MeToo movement.

Gleason said he was pleased with Wood’s decision.

“It does not forestall re-addressing this matter at the appropriate time. My hope is that this will not be necessary,” he said.




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