Cohen Arranged Payment for RNC Bigwig After Affair

Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Facilitated Payment to Ex-Playboy Model Impregnated by Leading GOP Fundraiser From L.A.: Source

GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy on Friday resigned from his post as deputy national finance chairman at the Republican National Committee, a person familiar with the matter said, following a Wall Street Journal report that he had agreed to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model who said Mr. Broidy had impregnated her.

Broidy acknowledged in an emailed statement on Friday that he had a relationship with a Playboy Playmate and offered to help her financially after she told him she was pregnant.

The payment bars the woman, who is based in Los Angeles, from speaking about her relationship with Broidy.

According to the Wall Street Journal, which broke the story, and The New York Times, the $1.6 million payment to the woman was brokered by attorney Michael Cohen - President Donald Trump's personal lawyer whose offices were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday. The FBI was apparently interested in Cohen's role in arranging payments to at least two women who say they had sexual relationships with Trump.

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The Journal said that the payment was negotiated late previous year and that the first installment was due on December 1. Sources said that she, under the contract, reserved the right to pursue child support, but later told Broidy's people that she had an abortion.

Attorneys for Cohen and Republican National Committee spokespersons, as well as lawyers for the former Playboy model, have not yet responded to CNBC's requests for comment.

The deal bears remarkable similarities to an agreement reached between Donald Trump and porn star Stormy Daniels that was signed by Cohen and Daniels, but not Trump. Broidy is identified as David Dennison, and the unidentified woman is Peggy Peterson.

Sources familiar with the situation said RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel had accepted Broidy's resignation from the finance committee. Broidy said he retained Cohen because Cohen had a prior relationship with Davidson.

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

Broidy apologized to his family in his statement: "It is unfortunate that this personal matter between two consenting adults is the subject of national discussion just because of Michael Cohen's involvement". "At the end of our relationship, this woman shared with me that she was pregnant". Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, is now suing Trump and Cohen to have the agreement tossed out.

In the first year of the Trump administration, Broidy was an outspoken advocate at the White House and on Capitol Hill on Middle East issues, particularly the need for action against Qatar, a rival power of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

"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 in a statement to the Journal.

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

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