Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, told actor Tom Arnold in a phone call last month that he was not guilty of part of the crimes he had previously pleaded guilty to.
The Wall Street Journal was first to report of the March 25 phone call, which the actor recorded, where Cohen claims he did not evade taxes and maintains he did not misstate his financial status or his home equity line of credit.
Cohen, who is to start serving his prison sentence on May 6, also said during the conversation that from the moment he testified against Trump, he was “a man all alone.”
“You would think that you would have folks, you know, stepping up and saying, ‘You know what, this guy’s lost everything’,” Cohen told Arnold. “My family’s happiness, and my law license. I lost my business…my insurance, my bank accounts, all for what? All for what? Because Trump, you know, had an affair with a porn star? That’s really what this is about.”
Cohen pleaded guilty in August, admitting to all of his crimes before a judge. “I take full responsibility for each act that I pled guilty to,” he said back then. But in the phone call, he told Arnold that there was “no tax evasion” and that he never understated his debt and expenses in a home-equity line of credit application.
The two men also discussed other issues including the President’s close personal relationship with the North Korean leader and the latest developments in Michael Avenatti’s case. Arnold said that he recorded the call without Cohen’s knowledge.
“Look at what’s happening to Avenatti—it’s called karma boomerang. “The guy lied about me every single day, right? And the world loved it,” said Cohen, referring to Avenatti’s frequent criticism of him.