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NY Attorney General Hires Federal Prosecutor Signaling Focus on Trump Administration

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has been an outspoken Trump critic, has hired a prosecutor who worked under former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was perhaps the most high profile prosecutor in the county.

The move is part of Schneiderman’s increased focus on public corruption cases, including those involving the administration, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The decision to hire the prosecutor, Howard Master, suggests that Schneiderman is planning to target the Trump administration, including potentially, the President, himself.

While working at the Department of Justice, Master worked on high profile cases, including the prosecution of the New York Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver.

“[He] will be working on a wide range of civil and criminal investigations and enforcement matters, including public corruption, and complex civil litigation,” according to Eric Soufer, a spokesperson for Schneiderman.

The White House did not respond to the Journal’s request for comment.

Schneiderman has long been involved in cases, and investigations involving the President. Among those is his fraud suit in 2013 against his now-defunct Trump University, which the President settled after he won the election.

The New York Democrat has not let up after Trump took the oath of office either. Most recently, he joined the battle against Trump’s highly controversial travel ban, halting travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim countries. Schneiderman’s office last week joined the lawsuit by Washington state.

“The Trump administration’s continued intent to discriminate against Muslims is clear, and it undermines New York’s families, institutions and economy,” Schneiderman said last week.

He has also joined his colleagues in challenging the administration on its climate change plans.

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