Based RNC Exec Resigns Over Payoff to Playboy Playmate

Erika Holt
April 14, 2018

President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, negotiated a $1.6 million payment to a former Playboy model who says a top Republican National Committee official named Elliott Broidy got her pregnant, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Broidy told the newspaper he had a consensual relationship with the woman. "At the end of our relationship, this woman shared with me that she was 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", Brody wrote. In return for $1.6 million paid over two years, she agreed not to talk about her alleged relationship with the RNC fundraiser, and agreed not to pursue what she described as legal claims, sources said.

The contract reads that whether or not she is "indeed pregnant as she alleges" she has all her legal rights to seek "the paternity of the alleged child", and any support, financial help, or otherwise. The agreed upon sum was to be paid over a two-year period with the first installment due on December 1, a source familiar with the deal said, The Wall Street Journal reports.

According to The Journal, the deal was negotiated late past year and blocks the woman from disclosing details of her relationship with Broidy.

Cohen referred to Broidy as David Dennison and the playmate as Peggy Peterson-the same pseudonyms that were used in the Clifford agreement.

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.

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The deal was negotiated by the same players involved in a October 2016 $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, an ex-porn star who claims to have had a one-night stand with Trump in 2006.

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

Keith Davidson, the lawyer who represented Daniels at the time, also represented the Playboy model with whom Broidy had an affair. Cohen received $250,000-about 15 percent of the value of the woman's payment-for his role arranging the deal for Broidy, CNBC reported Friday.

Friday's revelation focuses more attention on Cohen, a longtime Trump confidant whose residences and office were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier this week.

So far this cycle, Broidy and his wife have contributed $614,000 to Republican campaign committees and the RNC, records show. Daniels has sued Cohen and Trump, claiming the contract is invalid.

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. The FBI raids also sought information that included payments allegedly made to keep women silent about affairs with Trump more than a decade ago. He was also an important figure to Trump during his presidential campaign, as he helped to raise him money.

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