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NY acting attorney general will get new role

November 8, 2018 Associated Press
In this photo provided by the New York Attorney General's Office, Solicitor General Barbara Underwood, right, takes the oath of office at the State Capitol in Albany. Underwood became the state's acting Attorney General after Eric Schneiderman resigned amid accusations of abusing four women during intimate encounters. From left is New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, Underwood's husband Martin Halpern and Barbara Underwood. New York Attorney General's Office via AP

ALBANY— New York’s acting attorney general, who’s been leading legal challenges against Republican President Donald Trump, says she’ll return to her prior role as state solicitor general when Letitia James takes charge of the office in January.

Democrat Barbara Underwood announced the news in a tweet on Thursday. She declined to run for the office but had agreed to stay on in some capacity if James won.

James, who’s also a Democrat, made history Tuesday in becoming the first black woman elected to statewide office in New York. She also will be the state’s first black attorney general.

Underwood was appointed attorney general after Eric Schneiderman resigned in May amid allegations that he physically abused women.