NY attorney general hires prosecutor likely to target Trump administration


State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has hired two experienced federal attorneys, one of whom is steeped in investigating public corruption and the other in federal law as Schneiderman plans to try to combat President Donald Trump's administration on several fronts.

"Howard will be working on a wide range of civil and criminal investigations and enforcement matters, including public corruption, affirmative federal litigation, and complex civil litigation", the spokesman, Eric Soufer, said.

Master, whose tenure at the Southern District of New York stretched back to 2007, won a high-profile case against the corrupt former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in late 2015.

Master previously served under former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was sacked last week after refusing the president's order to resign along with 46 others appointed by former President Barack Obama. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), per The Daily News.

Schneiderman announced the hiring of Eric Haren as his special counsel and senior adviser. US federal courts have suspended both Trump's initial and revised travel bans.

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The former prosecutor, known for his aggressive pursuit of the Wall Street bankers responsible for the 2008 financial crisis, was investigating the stock trades of Trump's newly-appointed Health and Human Services secretary, Tom Price, at the time of his removal, ProPublica reported Friday. He was among 46 USA attorneys asked to resign because they were holdovers from former President Barack Obama's administration.

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

"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.

In addition, he has been probing Trump's charitable foundation, which came under increased scrutiny following reports by The Washington Post of possible improprieties.

The source added that Schneiderman's office will also look into whether Trump is violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution that liberal groups say prohibits Trump-owned businesses from accepting foreign government payments. Trump settled that suit and others for a combined $25million shortly after his election in November.