Cuomo, Gillibrand call for NY attorney general's resignation amid abuse claims

Cuomo, Gillibrand call for NY attorney general's resignation amid abuse claims
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandMidterms will show voters are tired of taking back seat to Wall Street McConnell: I won't be intimidated by protesters Dem senator: Kavanaugh would 'turn back the clock' on women's health care MORE (D-N.Y.) called for the state's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) to resign on Monday after four women accused him of abuse. 

"I do not believe it is possible for Eric Schneiderman to continue to serve as attorney general, and for the good of the office, he should resign," Cuomo said in his statement. 

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"No one is above the law, including New York's top legal officer. I will be asking an appropriate New York District Attorney(s) to commence an immediate investigation and proceed as the facts merit," he said. 

In her statement, Gillibrand also called for "a full and immediate investigation" into the women's claims.

“The violent actions described by multiple women in this story are abhorrent. Based on this extensive and serious reporting, I do not believe that Eric Schneiderman should continue to serve as Attorney General,” she said.

The calls for Schneiderman to resign come on the heels of a New Yorker report, which detailed the accusations against the attorney general from four women. 

Two of the women said Schneiderman hit them, often after drinking and in bed, without their consent, and said he threatened to kill them if they broke up with him. 

A third woman also told the publication that Schneiderman abused her physically, while a fourth woman said Schneiderman slapped her across the face after she denied him when he made an advance on her. 

Schneiderman has denied the allegations. 

“In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in nonconsensual sex, which is a line I would not cross," he said in a statement on Monday. 

His spokesperson told the magazine that he “never made any of these threats" to the women.  

— Updated at 9:32 p.m.