But this president has raised concerns that he would abuse that power by repeatedly terming Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election a "witch hunt".
During the two years Manning Barish says the pair dated on and off, she claims Schneiderman was controlling and violent, also telling the publication he drank and took prescription tranquilizers.
And he has also raised concerns about shutting down the Mueller investigation by his repeated criticism of Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Selvaratnam told The New Yorker that Schneiderman would get violent with sexual demands, including demands for a threesome.
The New Yorker reported on the startling, on-the-record allegations of two women who say Schneiderman choked and slapped them during romantic relationships, leading them to seek medical treatment.
Manning Barish is one of four women who accused Schneiderman of physical violence in The New Yorker.
She noted that there's an added stigma of violence that occurs during sex: Women often feel as though they can't say anything in the moment and are embarrassed later by what happened.
He ignored questions, said, "Have a nice day", and was driven away.
One of the women told the magazine Schneiderman hit her so hard her ear bled, and another said he left on her face a mark that was still visible the next day.
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Mr. Schneiderman attributed the allegations to consensual "role-playing".
But not in the eyes of the public. Schneiderman announced his resignation three hours after the report - detailing similar claims from four women recounting physical abuse by the AG - was posted online Monday.
"I've asked people to not discuss candidates, because that's not what it's about", Heastie said.
"I think the governor's office and our office were not in communication as carefully during this period as perhaps we could have been", Vance Jr. said.
Singas is the former head of the Special Victims Bureau at the Nassau district attorney's office. "Therefore, he should be prosecuted, and the roughly $8.5 million in his campaign account should be donated to programs that help the victims of domestic violence". Vance wrote an open letter to Cuomo on expressing his displeasure at not being trusted, and blaming Cuomo for the need for a special prosecutor at all.
Before the night was through, Schneiderman announced he would resign from his office at the close of business on Tuesday.
What is so confounding to Giglio is that Schneiderman embraced the #MeToo movement and ordered an investigation into accusations against Harvey Weinstein as more women came forward past year to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
"We have never seen anything as despicable as what we've seen right here", he said of Weinstein.
Schneiderman, 63, is being temporarily replaced by New York Solicitor General Barbara Underwood, a former Yale Law School professor who once worked as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. First elected in 2013, she was previously the city council president and is an attorney.