RNC official who agreed to pay Playboy model $1.6 million resigns

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Cohen negotiated the deal, worth $1.6 million, on behalf of Elliott Broidy, a California-based venture capitalist, close ally of President Trump, and the deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee.

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

The agents were seeking evidence that Cohen paid porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playmate Karen McDougal hush money after they allegedly slept with Trump more than a decade ago.

In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, Broidy confirmed the affair and the monetary payments. "She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this hard period". "She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this hard period", Brody wrote.

As described by a "person familiar with the matter", the NDA identified Broidy and the woman through some pretty familiar psuedonyms: David Dennison and Peggy Peterson.

In a statement, Broidy admitted to the relationship but did not address whether he impregnated the woman.

The FBI raided Cohen's office, hotel room and home earlier this week.

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Cohen and Broidy worked together at the RNC, after both being appointed in April 2017 by Trump. Cohen arranged for that payment, a transaction Trump has denied involvement in. The woman had said she was pregnant and he was the father.

Broidy said Cohen contacted him after being contacted by the woman's attorney, Keith Davidson.

An attorney for Cohen did not return requests for comment today. "Although I had not previously hired Mr. Cohen, I retained Mr. Cohen after he informed me about his prior relationship with Mr. Davidson".

The nondisclosure agreement between Broidy and the woman includes the woman's allegation that Broidy paid her for a sexual relationship that lasted one to two years, The Journal reported.

The $1.6 million sum was scheduled to be paid to the woman in installments, beginning in December 2017 and being parceled out over the course of two years, the newspaper reported.

Broidy, meanwhile, has been embroiled in controversy stemming from his work with George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman who was confronted by agents working for Mueller in January and has since been cooperating with the Russian Federation probe.

He filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court last month, accusing the Gulf nation of Qatar of stealing and leaking emails to reporters in retribution for Broidy's attempts to influence the Trump administration in favor of regional rivals of Qatar.

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