AG Eric Schneiderman facing criminal investigation amid abuse claims

Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will face a criminal investigation after four women accused him of slapping, choking or spitting on them.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed a special prosecutor late Tuesday to investigate Schneiderman's alleged actions, giving Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas the ability to bring charges if she deems them necessary.

Cuomo's order came a day after Schneiderman announced his resignation and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance launched an investigation of his own.

But Cuomo said Vance's inquiry has the "appearance of a conflict of interest" because Schneiderman's office had been investigating Vance's handling of accusations against Harvey Weinstein at the time of Schneiderman's resignation.

"News of former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's alleged improprieties as the State's chief legal officer are grossly disturbing and must be fully investigated," Cuomo said in a letter to Singas. "The brave women who chose to come forward deserve swift and definitive justice in this matter."

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