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Cohen facilitated $1.6 million payment on behalf of GOP fundraiser

15 April 2018
Cohen facilitated $1.6 million payment on behalf of GOP fundraiser

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel accepted the resignation of Broidy as the deputy finance chairman of the RNC, a source familiar with the call told CNN, shortly after The Wall Street Journal first reported the payment. Broidy, who is married, resigned after the $1.6 million deal came to light.

President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, facilitated a payment plan totaling $1.6 million previous year to a former Playboy model who says she became pregnant by Elliott Broidy, a leading GOP fundraiser, a source tells CNN.

Los Angeles investor Elliott Broidy, who has been a major financial supporter of the president, issued a statement Friday acknowledging that he "had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate" who got pregnant. The unidentified woman claimed Broidy got her pregnant. "She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this hard period", he said. The scandal places even more pressure and scrutiny on President Trump's lawyer and self-described fixer, Michael Cohen, following raids on his offices earlier this week by federal law enforcement officers. Broidy served on the finance committee with Cohen, who is now under criminal investigation for his business dealings. He said he retained Cohen after the Trump lawyer told Broidy he had been contacted by the woman's attorney.

The matter might have remained personal, as the relations between a California businessman and a Playmate is nothing unusual in Tinseltown, but Broidy reportedly helped raise over $108 million in funding for Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and donated more than $160,000 to the RNC previous year.

They both now serve as deputy national finance chairmen for the Republican National Committee.

Broidy urged Trump to fire Rex Tillerson, then the secretary of state, whom the United Arab Emirates (UAE) believed was insufficiently tough on its rival Qatar. "We have not spoken since that time".

That $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels isn't the only lurid nondisclosure agreement (NDA) negotiated by Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

The Broidy deal reveals new details about the relationship between Davidson, a celebrity lawyer in Los Angeles, and Cohen, Trump's hard-charging fixer in NY. Those are the same names used to identify Donald Trump and Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) in a 2016 agreement.

In October 2016, Davidson negotiated with Cohen a confidentiality agreement for Daniels, who alleges that she had a 2006 affair with Trump.

The agreement also has parallels to one reached by former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims she had a sexual affair with Trump, and National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc.