Trump lawyer arranged GOP fund-raiser's payment to former Playboy Playmate

15 April, 2018, 01:03 | Author: Bert Pena
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Michael Cohen, the longtime personal lawyer to President Donald Trump, negotiated a $1.6 million payment to a former Playboy model who said a Republican National Committee official got her pregnant, according to a new report.

"I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate", Broidy told the Wall Street Journal.

The contract also prohibits the pursuit of what the woman said were impending legal charges against Broidy and claims that Broidy paid her for a sexual relationship that lasted one to two years, a source told the Journal.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, looks on as his attorney (not pictured) delivers a statement to reporters after meeting with Senate Intelligence Committee staff on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 19, 2017.

Cohen and Broidy worked together at the RNC, after both being appointed in April 2017 by Trump. 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.

This means she would not have been paid the entirety of the $1.6 million yet - and there's a chance she may not get the rest of the money.

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The contract states that she had the right to seek child support payments if she chose to carry out the pregnancy, although she ultimately made a decision to have an abortion. Daniels sued Trump on the grounds that the non-disclosure agreement she signed regarding the affair was invalid. Additionally, the legal papers used the same pseudonyms that referred to Trump and Daniels in their agreement, "David Dennison" for the man and "Peggy Peterson" for the woman. Daniels at the time of the payment was being represented by Keith Davidson, the same attorney who represented the woman in the Broidy negotiations, according to the Journal.

"She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this hard period". Broidy said he retained Cohen because Cohen had a prior relationship with Davidson.

Last week, federal agents raided Cohen's house, hotel room, and office, prompting outrage from Trump who called it a "witch hunt" and a "disgraceful situation".

Davidson also negotiated Clifford's deal with Cohen, as well as a $150,000 payment for former Playboy model Karen McDougal from American Media Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer. Last month, Broidy co-hosted a fundraiser for Trump's re-election campaign in Los Angeles. "We have not spoken since that time".

Broidy has been a prominent supporter of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and contributed to the then-candidate's fundraising efforts as vice chairman of the Trump Victory Fund, which combined state and national Republican committees. "She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this hard period".

McDougal has since claimed in a lawsuit that Davidson was working with Cohen to keep her quiet.

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