Elliott Broidy Quits RNC Post After Report on Payment to Ex-Model

Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Negotiated $1.6 Million Settlement for Top Republican Fundraiser

Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Negotiated $1.6 Million Settlement for Top Republican Fundraiser

U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer arranged for a $1.6 million payment to a Playboy Playmate to keep secret her sexual relationship with Republican fundraiser and Trump ally Elliott Broidy, during which she became pregnant, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Broidy, who is married, is a close friend of Trump's and works on the RNC with Cohen.

In his statement, Broidy said it was "unfortunate that this personal matter between two consenting adults is the subject of national discussion just because of Michael Cohen's involvement".

Cohen is deputy finance chair of the RNC, and is reportedly being probed over possible bank fraud, his ownership of New York City taxi medalions, and the non-disclosure agreeements.

Cohen's offices were raided on Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who is reportedly investigating possible bank fraud committed by Cohen as well as violations of election law.

Broidy apologized to his wife after The Wall Street Journal first reported on the affair Friday.

It uses the same pseudonyms for Broidy and the woman who says she was impregnated, David Dennison and Peggy Peterson, that he used for Trump and Daniels, the Journal reported.

Davidson declined to comment on the settlement. "But I've always acted in my clients' best interests and appropriately in all situations".

The report of Cohen's payment to a third woman alleging an affair comes just days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his hotel room, office, and apartment in NY on Monday. Until Friday, they both served as deputy national finance chairmen there. He also traveled in March to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he is a member, to confer with senior administration officials, two sources said.

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A Times report late last month detailed emails between Broidy and George Nader, a Middle East adviser who is now said to be cooperating with Mueller.

"I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate", Broidy said via a spokesperson.

The source says it allows the woman to speak about and take legal action concerning her alleged pregnancy if she so chooses. "At the end of our relationship, this woman shared with me that she was pregnant".

The New York Times reported that the FBI acted on a tip from special counsel Robert Mueller, which was approved and passed along to the US Attorney of the Southern District of New York's office by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, because it was not tied directly to Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

In the Broidy agreement, Cohen is referred to as Dennis Donohue while the woman's lawyer, Keith Davidson, is referred to as Paul Patterson.

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

Davidson and Cohen were also in communication about a third agreement involving former Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal.

The Enquirer purchased the rights to McDougal's story which it never ran, in a maneuver known as "catch and kill". She has said she understood that American Media was buying her story not to publish it, but to bury it, in what has been called a "catch and kill" arrangement.

Broidy, in turn, denied allegations, and said he wouldn't make legal claims either as long as she signed the contract. Cohen has claimed Trump, who denies the affair, was not aware of the payment and did not reimburse him.

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