Michael Cohen was aware of and discussed accusations of violent behavior against ex-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a lawyer alleged in a letter filed Friday morning in the litigation over the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of Cohen's office, home, and hotel room.
FBI agents raided Cohen's home and office last month as part of a criminal investigation, swooping up boxes of the legal files of Trump's longtime personal attorney.
In his letter to Wood, Gleason said he was motivated to seek an order protecting information about the women by alleged reckless behavior by Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels.
Gleason recounted that Cohen told him that if Trump "were to run for and be elected governor of NY, he would help bring to light the women's accusations" against Schneiderman.
Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone - next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman. Is he a crook? Mr. Trump has tweeted a number of insults about Schneiderman that were less vague than the one mentioning former New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer or former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, both of whom saw their political careers ended by sex scandals.
The Post quoted Dunleavy meanwhile as confirming that Gleason told him about the women.
Cohen did not immediately return CBS News' request for comment.
He also told the Times that he had told elected officials about Schneiderman's behavior almost five years ago, and he said that the two women who came to him are not among the four who talked to the New Yorker.
Dunleavy did indeed discuss this very matter with Mr. Trump as evidenced by a phone call I received from Attorney Michael Cohen.
Gleason said in the letter that he advised the two woman not to bring their allegations to law enforcement because he claimed that Manhattan prosecutors had ignored corruption claims he had brought to them in the past. In August of that year, Schneiderman's office sued Trump University, a now-defunct real estate seminar program, alleging it had swindled its students.
Jane Mayer, one of the New Yorker writers whose article about Schneiderman earlier this week led to his resignation, tweeted that "not one source for our story on Schneiderman has any ties to Trump or Michael Cohen".
Gleason claims that he talked to Stephen Dunleavy, a retired journalist, about the situation, and Dunleavy offered to talk to Trump about it.
A new letter sent by lawyer Peter Gleason to the judge in Cohen case revealed the freakish connection Friday.
On Tuesday, Avenatti had released a bombshell report about payments made to Cohen by several businesses.
Trump settled the Trump University case in late 2016, after he was elected president, for $25 million.
Gleason wrote in his letter that he does not know whether Cohen's seized documents contain any information about that conversation but that he is concerned about the privacy of the alleged victims.