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In the age of President Donald Trump, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been a prominent figure in the resistance. He has frequently challenged the administration’s most controversial moves in court, and he threw his weight behind the women coming forward as a part of the #MeToo movement and even stood up to Harvey Weinstein.

But on Monday night, the New Yorker revealed that Schneiderman’s mantle as a champion for liberals and women appears underserved: Four women, including two who spoke on the record with the magazine, have made credible allegations of physical abuse against the attorney general.

After the allegations were published, Gov. Andrew Cuomo — also a Democrat — called on Schneiderman to resign. Shortly thereafter, Schneiderman announced his resignation.

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“It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as Attorney General for the people of the State of New York,” he said in a statement. “In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me. While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time. I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on [Tuesday].”

Schneiderman denied the accusations in a statement to the magazine, but the stories are consistent with one another and, Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow report, some of their claims are backed up by documentary evidence.

Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam are the two women who spoke on the record. They both were previously romantically involved with Schneiderman, according to the report, and they say he slapped and choked them without their consent. Both say they went to the hospital because of his abuse and that he threatened to kill them if they left.

Another woman who was not named told the magazine that she suffered similar abuse while in a relationship with Schneiderman, and a fourth woman said he slapped her forcefully after she rejected his advances.

In a statement, Schneiderman said, “I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity” but that he has “never assaulted anybody.” The statements from the women are clear, however, in saying that there was nothing consensual about the abuse they received.

Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)