Former NY attorney general Eric Schneiderman won't face abuse charges

The prosecutor appointed to investigate allegations that former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman physically abused women says she has closed the case without bringing criminal charges.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The prosecutor appointed to investigate allegations that former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman physically abused women says she has closed the case without bringing criminal charges.

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced her decision Thursday.

She said in a brief statement that investigators did an "exhaustive review" and she personally interviewed each woman who had accused Schneiderman of assault.

Singas says investigators also spoke with members of Schneiderman's security detail.

But she said she concluded that "legal impediments, including statutes of limitations, preclude criminal prosecution."

Singas added that the probe found no misconduct by Schneiderman's staff in the attorney general's office.

Schneiderman said in a statement he didn't consider the decision an exoneration. He also apologized "for any and all pain that I have caused."

NY GOP Chairman Ed Cox released this statement Thursday, hours after the DA’s decision:

“The decision to not bring any criminal charges against Eric Schneiderman is an appalling miscarriage of justice. Mr. Schneiderman’s serial sexual abuse and violence against women while serving as the state’s top law enforcement officer portraying himself as a champion of the Me Too movement was a particularly egregious violation of both the law and the public’s trust. A powerful politician escaping criminal charges for his actions is not only a slap in the face to his victims, but sends a dangerous message to abusers and sets back the movement to ensure protections for women. We are cognizant of legal statutes of limitations, but it’s nonetheless outrageous Mr. Schneiderman will not be held accountable for his crimes.”

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