'I'm not "effing" around': Tom Arnold shuts down during an interview after being asked the question that's on everyone's mind
- Comedian Tom Arnold served up a veiled warning to President Donald Trump amid news that he and Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime personal attorney, were teaming up to take down the president.
- During an interview on CNN, Arnold paused after being asked whether Cohen, who is under criminal investigation, was cooperating with law-enforcement officials.
- Arnold was asked the question again, which he refused to answer after a long, awkward pause.
Comedian Tom Arnold served up a veiled warning to President Donald Trump amid claims that he and Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime personal attorney, were teaming up to take down the president.
"Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, I'm spending the weekend hanging out with Michael Cohen," Arnold told CNN anchor Poppy Harlow on Friday. "And there's a lot going on. You've disrespected [Cohen] and his family, and there's a lot going on."
Harlow pressed Arnold for specifics and asked whether Cohen, who is under criminal investigation on suspicion of campaign-finance violations, bank fraud, wire fraud, and illegal lobbying, was cooperating with law-enforcement officials.Arnold scratched his chin and appeared to be lost in thought before replying.
"This is too important to me to 'eff' around - and you know the word I'm talking about," Arnold said. "This is serious to me, Poppy, and I'm not 'effing' around."
Harlow pushed for specifics: "Do you not want to answer the question," she asked.
"No." Arnold said.
The comedian will star in the Vice show, "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes," which features Arnold searching for unflattering recordings of Trump. During the 2016 presidential election, several recordings of Trump were brought to light, including the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape that featured him boasting about groping women.
Arnold previously told NBC News that he and Cohen spoke in Manhattan to discuss "taking Trump down together." Cohen, who is dubbed Trump's "bulldog," was being betrayed by Trump, according to Arnold."This dude has all the tapes - this dude has everything," Arnold said, referring to Cohen. "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.'"
"We've been on the other side of the table, and now we're on the same side," Arnold added. "It's on! I hope he sees the picture of me and Michael Cohen and it haunts his dreams."
Arnold tweeted an image of himself with Cohen, which Cohen retweeted:
Arnold later clarified his statement on Twitter and appeared to walk back some of his claims.
"Michael Cohen didn't say Me & him were teaming up to take down Donald Trump!" Arnold tweeted. "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."
Watch the CNN clip here:
Tom Arnold, after bluntly warning Trump about what Michael Cohen has on the president, refuses to say to @PoppyHarlowCNN on @outfrontcnn whether Cohen is cooperating with the feds. He says he's spending the weekend with Cohen. https://t.co/LVx4Xr3afo- Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 22, 2018