New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a vocal critic of President Trump, has hired a prosecutor who served under fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to focus on public corruption cases, including those involving the Trump administration, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
On the same day that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director confirmed the agency is investigating possible Russian interference in the presidential election, the NY attorney general said he has hired two special prosecutors to scrutinize the Trump administration.
Mr Master previously worked under the Manhattan US Attorney and is considered one of the top corruption prosecutors in the US.
Master, whose tenure at the Southern District of New York stretched back to 2007, won a high-profile case against the corrupt former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in late 2015. He has also taken on mail-order drug companies for fraud.
It was alleged the businessman had conned a number of students out of tens of thousands of dollars by not delivering the promised standard of education.
Schneiderman has a history with Trump, including a fraud lawsuit in 2013 over the billionaire's real estate school, Trump University.
Schneiderman has already started doing battle with the Trump administration, joining other states in challenging the administration's executive order on travel. He was among 46 USA attorneys asked to resign because they were holdovers from former President Barack Obama's administration.
The group Free Speech for People appealed to Schneiderman in February, asking him to revoke a business charter that allows the Trump Organization, the president's business empire, to continue to operate in NY, indicating possible illegal activities.
A government watchdog group led by a team of constitutional scholars and ethics experts sued Trump in January, arguing the president had violated the Constitution by owning hotels and other businesses that accept payment from foreign governments. His lawyers say they do not believe he has breached the Constitution.