I’ve been talking about it, but if anyone is wondering if Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen really was prepared to turn on the president and reveal all he knows, I think you can stop puzzling over that one.
Those who know the long relationship between the president and Cohen seem to be in agreement on several things.
For one, Michael Cohen is absolutely the person who knows all the dirty details of Trump and his business dealings that he’d rather not be made public.
And two, while Cohen was endlessly loyal to Trump, like a puppy dog, Trump was much less appreciative of Cohen’s efforts, and treated him like garbage.
You can only take so much of that before you start to feel the strain. Add to the mix the fact that Cohen now finds himself and his family under pressure from federal authorities, regarding things he may have done on behalf of Donald Trump during the 2016 election (like creating a shell company to pay off former mistresses to keep quiet), and you can just about bet on cracks.
Some of the reports I’ve been discussing include friends of Cohen saying he’s willing to work with authorities in his case, and most recently, that Cohen has become a bit more vocally critical of things President Trump is doing.
It’s like that loyalty isn’t the most important thing, anymore.
So what’s the latest?
In an even more solid show of Cohen’s apparent move away from Trump, he retweeted a picture of himself with actor Tom Arnold, with no commentary.
I love New York pic.twitter.com/J7AJg1HiHo
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) June 22, 2018
This is significant, because Arnold, an outspoken critic of President Trump, has announced that Cohen will be working with him on a Vice network program that centers on finding unflattering video and images of Trump.
Just let that simmer a minute.
Michael Cohen, the man who “knows where all the bodies are buried,” is working with an anti-Trump celebrity on a television program designed to make Trump look as bad, as possible.
According to NBC News:
Arnold told NBC News early Friday that Cohen ― who is under investigation by federal prosecutors ― talked to him for the show, which is expected to air later this year.
“We’ve been on the other side of the table and now we’re on the same side,” said Arnold, an outspoken Trump critic.
“It’s on! I hope he [Trump] sees the picture of me and Michael Cohen and it haunts his dreams.”
It just may.
When Cohen was reached by NBC News and asked to comment on the image, he sent them to Arnold.
Arnold responded, confirming that he was in New York taping interviews for the upcoming program, and that he had met with Cohen at the Loews Regency Hotel in Manhattan, presumably where the photo was taken.The show will be called “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes,” and we can assume the ultimate goal is to get their hands on those rumored Russian pee-pee tapes. They’ll likely accept anything damaging or at least embarrassing and unfortunate they find along the way, however.
“The host will draw on his high-profile network of celebrity friends, entertainment executives, and crew members he’s met over more than 35 years in showbiz to dig for evidence on Trump’s most incriminating moments—and, being a comedian and all, he’ll have a little fun along the way,” Vice said in the announcement of the show.
“He’ll be backed up by a handful of experienced journalists, and — aside from trying to uncover the tapes themselves — he’ll look into the companies and tycoons who have allegedly fought to keep the damning recordings a secret.”
It likely won’t change anything in the minds of Trump’s devotees, but given the current political climate, it is sure to attract some viewers.
Arnold isn’t revealing exactly what Cohen’s contribution is (of course not).
But he added: “This dude has all the tapes — this dude has everything.”
“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.
Arnold also sees that Cohen has been used up and hung out to dry by Trump.
“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.
To be clear, Trump didn’t say he didn’t know who Cohen was. He has announced that he always liked him (even though everyone around them would say he certainly didn’t act like he liked him), but that he hasn’t spoken with him in a long time.
Does this new partnership spell bad news for President Trump?
Difficult to say. Who knows what is out there that his past associations could make public?
And speaking of past associations, Tom Arnold also spoke to Felix Sater, a former business partner of Trump’s, in May. He tweeted out an image then, as well, showing just how many from Trump’s past are willing to take part in a show designed to bring him down.
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
Stay tuned, folks.