Last night we did a post on this story. Get up to speed here. Since then, Washington Post writers Felicia Sonmez and Sarah Pulliam Bailey have done some additional reporting. It turns out that actor Tom Arnold is part of the story. But here is some material from the article that the original Reuters piece did not include:
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal attorney, claimed to have helped prevent the release of personal photographs embarrassing to Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. shortly before the influential evangelical leader endorsed Trump’s insurgent presidential bid in 2016.
Cohen made the assertion, which was first reported by Reuters, in a phone call in March with actor Tom Arnold. Arnold provided The Washington Post with a recording of the call Tuesday night.
“There’s a bunch of photographs — you know, personal photographs — that somehow, the guy ended up getting,” Cohen said on the call. The person who had the photos, who is not identified on the call, was demanding money from the Falwells, and Cohen threatened to report the person to legal authorities, according to Reuters.
Reuters reported that the alleged episode took place months before Falwell’s endorsement of Trump. Arnold told The Post that Cohen told him it occurred during the presidential race.
A statement released by an attorney for the Falwells called the account “not accurate.”
Read the entire piece here. Let’s see how this plays out.