Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Targets Trump With Bulldog Hire

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Targets Trump With Bulldog Hire

Howard Master, who helped lead the CityTime payroll and Sheldon Silver cases, will now work for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as senior enforcement counsel, focusing on issues relating to the Trump White House and public corruption in general. Master was previously deputy chief of the criminal division of the US attorney's office in Manhattan. Haren was previously chief counsel to Democratic U.S. Sen.

Schneiderman said Haren has "extensive experience in a broad range of federal policy areas, including civil rights, constitutional law, data privacy and security, and criminal law".

Bharara, who was abruptly ousted by the Trump administration about two weeks earlier, in spite of expectations that he'd stay on, quickly congratulated his colleague Monday morning, calling him an "absolute superstar". He left the US attorney's office on March 8. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), per The Daily News. He will provide experience in federal law and the internal workings of Congress and federal agencies, according to the memo.

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.

Master did not return a call for comment and Haren could not be reached.

A Schneiderman spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request to provide the new hires' salaries.

Schneiderman has already started doing battle with the Trump administration, joining other states in challenging the administration's executive order on travel.

"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.

Schneiderman said he also plans to fight the promised rollbacks by the Trump administration of laws protecting the environment. Trump agreed to settle that case in November.

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