D-list celebrity Tom Arnold says he’s teaming up with President Trump’s former longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to “take down” the president.
“I say to Michael, ‘Guess what? We’re taking Trump down together, and he’s so tired he’s like, ‘OK,’ and his wife is like, ‘OK, f*** Trump,'” Arnold said, laughing. –NBC News
Arnold, the ex-husband of Roseanne Barr, tweeted a picture of himself and Cohen on Thursday with the caption “I love New York.”
I love New York pic.twitter.com/J7AJg1HiHo
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) June 22, 2018
After languishing in near obscurity for over a decade doing bit-parts and cameos, Arnold was tapped by Vice in May for a new show called “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes,” which will investigate the existence of long-rumored tapes claiming to show President Trump saying or doing compromising things.
Arnold would not say whether Cohen was planning to give him any tapes he might have of conversations with Trump.
But he added, “This dude has all the tapes — this dude has everything.” –NBC News
Arnold admitted that tweeting the photo with Cohen was “indiscreet” – but that Cohen has been betrayed by Trump after many years of loyalty.
“Michael Cohen showed up and worked diligently above and beyond and sacrificed and Donald Trump is like I don’t even know who he is. You think Michael doesn’t notice that?” Arnold said.
On Friday, Arnold
backpedaled “clarified” that “Michael Cohen didn’t say Me & him were teaming up to take down Donald Trump! Michael has enough Trump on his plate. I’m the crazy person who said Me & Michael Cohen were teaming up to take down Trump of course. I meant it.” FYI this is what a “tap on the shoulder” looks like…
Michael Cohen didn’t say Me & him were teaming up to take down Donald Trump! Michael has enough Trump on his plate. I’m the crazy person who said Me & Michael Cohen were teaming up to take down Trump of course. I meant it. Michael doesn’t get paid by Vice #thehuntforthetrumptapes pic.twitter.com/af48aDZRvg
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) June 22, 2018
Cohen, often described as Trump’s “fixer,” is currently under investigation by federal prosecutors in New York over various business dealings – including a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence over an alleged affair she had with President Trump. Trump has denied the claims.
The probe was launched based on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to the Trump campaign and who has secured indictment against other Trump allies.
Cohen, who has denied wrongdoing and has not been charged with a crime, has already talked to congressional investigators. In October, he was questioned about a scuttled plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow and emails he received in 2015 from Felix Sater, a former Trump associate, about the real estate deal. –NBC News
Sater – who works for the FBI, sat down with Tom Arnold in early May where they “shared stories about NY real estate, our mutual friend, visiting our mutual friend on the set of the Apprentice, Russia & Video tapes.”
Spent the day at my Funny & kind friend Felix Sater’s beautiful LI home. We shared stories about NY real estate, our mutual friend, visiting our mutual friend on the set of the Apprentice, Russia & video tapes. pic.twitter.com/szrjdNKA4C
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) May 2, 2018
Cohen reportedly hired a new attorney earlier this week – a former prosecutor for the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan – following a dispute over legal bills with his prior legal team. His law office and hotel room were raided in April, where boxes of documents, phones, electronic devices and computer equipment were seized.
At a recent court hearing, prosecutors said they were still sorting through the material and needed more time to piece together the contents of a shredder and gain access to a BlackBerry.
Even before the raids, federal investigators had been monitoring Cohen’s phone lines, multiple senior officials and individuals with knowledge of the legal proceedings have told NBC News.
The calls were logged by what is commonly referred to as a pen register, which records the number of the phone that made the call and the number that received it, but does not record the contents of any conversation.
Cohen has denied wrongdoing. –NBC News
Will a C-list celebrity (perhaps best known for his former wife, Roseanne) take down the president with the help of Michael Cohen? Tune in and find out on the next episode of whatever timeline this is.