Trump lawyer arranged $1.6 mil payoff to Playboy Playmate for Republican fundraiser

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"She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this hard period". Cohen has said Trump did not instruct him to make the payment.

Cohen is a defendant, along with Trump, in a Los Angeles federal lawsuit filed by Daniels, who is trying to invalidate a non-disclosure agreement she signed over her alleged 2006-07 affair with Trump.

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

Broidy, an LA-based venture capitalist, works on the RNC's fundraising efforts with Cohen, a national deputy finance chairman. According to The Times, Broidy and Nader pushed the White House to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and adopt an aggressive approach toward Iran and Qatar, as well as asked Trump to meet with the Emirati leader outside the White House.

The Republican Party appears to have a sexual scandal problem, with President Donald Trump being tied to several scandals and now GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy resigning after being accused of paying off a Playmate with whom he reportedly had an affair.

The FBI raided Cohen's office, home and hotel on Monday.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Broidy has admitted that he had a relationship with the woman, who subsequently had an abortion to terminate her pregnancy.

According to another source familiar with Broidy's agreement with the former Playboy model, she was to be paid the $1.6 million over a period of two years on a quarterly basis, and the first payment was made in December 2017.

He personally gave more than $160,000 past year to the Republican National Committee, the Journal previously reported.

Keith Davidson, the former attorney for Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, represented the woman, making it the second known "hush money" deal Davidson brokered with Cohen.

The woman alleged that Mr. Broidy had paid her for an exclusive sexual relationship of one to two years, one of the people said.

Broidy is identified as David Dennison, and the unidentified woman is Peggy Peterson. Clifford's current lawyer Michael Avenatti has also been critical. The deal provided for multiple payments across many months. "Although I had not previously hired Mr. Cohen, I retained Mr. Cohen after he informed me about his prior relationship with Mr. Davidson".

The source says it allows the woman to speak about and take legal action concerning her alleged pregnancy if she so chooses.