New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's reported involvement in the Justice Department's ongoing Russia probe could give new ammunition to critics of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is aggressively investigating former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Schneiderman and Trump first crossed paths in 2010, when the former Democratic state senator solicited a donation from Manhattan's iconic real estate mogul during his bid for attorney general.
After defeating his Republican opponent, Schneiderman announced that he would press forward with a case against Trump's now-defunct online college, frustrating the wealthy New York businessman who had contributed $12,500 to his campaign.
Two years into his tenure as attorney general, Schneiderman sued Trump for fraud, seeking millions of dollars in restitution for former students who claimed they were swindled by Trump University.
Trump agreed to a $25 million settlement just days after he won the 2016 election, but not before his campaign spokesman had blasted Schneiderman as a "partisan hack who has turned a blind eye to the Clinton Foundation for years."
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