Schneiderman hires prosecutor who worked for Preet Bharara to pursue Trump cases

Schneiderman, a frequent Trump critic has repeatedly said his office will sue the administration if necessary to protect New Yorkers' and the state's interests

New York attorney general hires top corruption watchdog to challenge Trump

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has hired on Howard McMaster, a top-flight public corruption prosecutor, to focus specifically on President Donald Trump, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Haren's past work includes working on civil rights and constitutional law cases while serving as chief counsel to Sen.

"Eric Soufer, a spokesman for Schneiderman, confirmed the hire to the Journal".

Howard Master previously worked for Bharara as deputy chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY. Dianne Feinstein of California.

In addition to working under Bharara, Master also worked for Victor Marrero of the United States District Court for the Southern District of NY and José A. Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, according to his University of Pennsylvania faculty page.

Two of Master's top priorities, however, will be taking on the Trump administration and holding other federal government accountable, a source told The News.

Schneiderman is a vocal critic of Trump's policies, recently condemning Trump's executive order on scaling back the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Rule and filing lawsuits against his executive orders banning entry from several Muslim majority countries and halting USA acceptance on refugees.

With Trump in control of the executive branch, including the federal Department of Justice, and Republican majorities in the House and Senate, a network of Democrat state attorneys general has emerged as a significant legal watchdog to his administration.

Trump fired Bharara, along with 46 other US attorneys, on March 11. He was among 46 USA attorneys asked to resign because they were holdovers from former President Barack Obama's administration.

In a memo to his staff on Monday, Schneiderman said he had hired former federal prosecutor Howard Master as senior enforcement counsel.

Master will lead "complex affirmative investigations and litigation as well as advise on important investigations and prosecutions in the criminal division", Schneiderman wrote.

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.

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