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Tom Arnold & Michael Cohen Met To Talk About Incriminating Trump Tapes

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The First Lady is wearing jackets with heartless messages emblazoned on them; Star Wars fans are trying to raise $200 million to remake The Last Jedi; drinking dog urine allegedly is good for acne—suffice to say, the world is a very strange place right now, and it feels like just about anything is plausible. So sure, if anyone is going to find those long-rumored and incriminating "Trump tapes"—the ones in which all of Trump's racism, bigotry, sexism and predilection for urine-based sex games is laid bare—it probably would be a C list celebrity trying to jumpstart a show for Vice. Someone like McHale's Navy thespian Tom Arnold.

Last month, Vice announced that the Cradle 2 the Grave supporting actor would host his own show, The Hunt For The Trump Tapes, in which Arnold will try to uncover rumored footage of Trump ranging from offensive The Apprentice outtakes to the alleged "pee tape."

Vice said in a statement about the show, "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. 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."

Arnold has been documenting his hunt with occasional tweets and photos—he's met with Anthony Scaramucci and Ashley Feinberg, among others—but his biggest "get" yet came yesterday, when he revealed that he had met with longtime Trump attorney and "fixer" Michael Cohen.

"We’ve been on the other side of the table, and now we’re on the same side,” Arnold told NBC News early Friday in a phone interview about his meeting with Cohen, which took place in Manhattan this week. "It’s on! I hope [Trump] sees the picture of me and Michael Cohen and it haunts his dreams." Arnold even bragged about how much dirt Cohen allegedly has on his old boss: "This dude has all the tapes — this dude has everything,” Arnold claimed. "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, fuck Trump.'"

Arnold, the former star of National Lampoon's Golf Punks, tempered his enthusiasm in followup statements today. He told Vanity Fair reporter Emily Jane Fox:

I owe Michael Cohen an apology because I made light of something that’s very serious for him. Michael Cohen knows more than any living human how serious and dangerous it is for America and the world right now because of how incompetent the president is. He knows the truth about everything and has the weight of the world on his shoulders right now.

But at least the two are still friends:

So is this the best indication yet that Cohen really has split from Trump? CNN reported last week that Cohen had told friends and family members that he was prepared to cooperate with the authorities investigating his business dealings, alleged campaign-finance violations, and potential ties to Russian interference in the 2016 election. "He knows a lot of things about the president and he’s not averse to talking in the right situation," an associate told CNN on Wednesday. "If they want information on Trump, he's willing to give it."

At the same time, the Wall Street Journal also reported that Cohen "has frequently told associates in recent months he is frustrated that the president hasn’t offered to pay his legal fees, which he has said are 'bankrupting' him."

So is Cohen trying to put feelers out to both sides to see if he can get a better "deal" from one? Is he trying to signal to Trump that as long as he pays his bills, he'll remain loyal—or is he actually ready to turn? I guess we'll have to tune in to the new show from the former host of My Big Redneck Wedding to find out.

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