Cohen’s Photo With Tom Arnold Fuels Trump Tape Speculation

File - In this May 30, 2018 file photo, attorney Michael Cohen arrives to court in New York. President Donald Trump’s former attorney retweeted a photo posing with comedian Tom Arnold, who is working on a show to hunt down recordings of the president. The photo fueled speculation Friday, June 22, 2018, that Cohen has secret tapes of Trump and is willing to share them. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen retweeted a photo of him and comedian Tom Arnold, who is working on a TV show to hunt down recordings of the president, fueling speculation Friday that Cohen has secret tapes of Trump and is willing to share them.

Last month, Vice announced that Arnold would be featured in a new show called, “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes” and would investigate rumored recordings of the president.

Arnold told NBC News on Friday that he met with Cohen at the Lowes Regency Hotel in Manhattan and they discussed the new show.

“We’ve been on the other side of the table and now we’re on the same side,” Arnold told NBC. “It’s on! I hope he (Trump) sees the picture of me and Michael Cohen and it haunts his dreams.”

Arnold tweeted the photo with Cohen and the caption, “I love New York” on Thursday night and Cohen retweeted it without comment.

In announcing the show last month, Vice said Arnold would “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.”

“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, (expletive) Trump,’” Arnold told NBC.

Arnold tweeted Friday that it was him who said he was teaming with Cohen to “take down” Trump and that Cohen was not being paid by Vice.

Cohen’s attorney, Guy Petrillo, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on Friday. A publicist for Arnold referred an inquiry from The Associated Press to a VICE Media spokesman, who didn’t immediately comment.

Cohen is under investigation by federal officials in New York and his home, office and hotel room were raided by the FBI in April as part of a probe into his business dealings. Investigators are also looking into a $130,000 payment made as part of a confidentiality agreement with porn actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006, which he denies. She is suing both Cohen and Trump in an attempt to invalidate the nondisclosure agreement.

Daniels’ former attorney, Keith Davidson, has sued Cohen and alleges that he illegally recorded their telephone calls when Davidson represented Daniels. The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Los Angeles, provided no proof to substantiate the claims and no details on exactly when the calls were recorded.

By MICHAEL BALSAMO - JUNE 22. 2018 - 2:57 PM EDT
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