Michael Cohen Claims He Helped Jerry Falwell Jr. Hide Racy Photos From Public
The Michael Cohen reveals just keep coming.
On Tuesday, Reuters reported that Cohen told comedian Tom Arnold that he had previously helped evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. with a personal scandal in the months leading up to Donald Trump‘s candidacy. The revelation was reportedly made during an April 24 interview with the comedian that was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
According to Reuters, Cohen boasted that Falwell had reached out to him concerning a demand for money in return for ‘racy’ pictures of him which someone had acquired. Reportedly, Cohen traveled to Florida to meet with the holder of the photos and convinced him to permanently delete any photographs he had.
It was shortly after this that Falwell threw his support behind Trump, a move which boosted Trump’s popularity right before the Iowa Caucus. Falwell, who is the son of the conservative group The Moral Majority’s founder Jerry Falwell, is the head of Liberty University, one of the world’s largest Christian universities, and his endorsement likely helped secure Trump a large portion of the evangelical vote. It has not been confirmed that the endorsement has anything to do with Cohen’s legal help months before.
Regarding the photos themselves, Cohen reportedly told Arnold, “I actually have one of the photos. It’s terrible.”
Falwell, meanwhile, has remained silent on the story. Cohen began his three-year prison sentence for federal campaign violations and lying to Congress this week.