Cohen in payoff to Playmate for Trump ally


President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, brokered a deal to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model who said she was impregnated by Republican National Committee official Elliott Broidy, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti seeks to nullify the agreement, arguing that it is invalid because it does not bear Trump's signature.

"I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate", Broidy said in a statement.

The revelation shines an even brighter light on Cohen, who is already under pressure after his office was raided by investigators seeking records related to payments to two women who claim they had sexual relationships with Trump.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel accepted the resignation of Broidy as the deputy finance chairman of the RNC, a source familiar with the call told CNN, shortly after The Wall Street Journal first reported the payment.

Broidy has always been known as a "bundler" of campaign contributions for Republicans.

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A top fundraiser for President Donald Trump resigned from the Republican National Committee today after it was revealed that he paid $1.6 million to a Playboy Playmate with whom he had an extramarital affair.

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. The New York Times has described him using his access to Trump to push for policy moves, including the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, that were backed by leaders in the United Arab Emirates, where Broidy has lucrative defense contracts.

On Friday he claimed he had been the first to report the story.

Both the White House and Cohen have denied such an encounter took place, though a legal battle is ongoing to determine the validity of the NDA. It was not clear if Broidy met with the president during that trip. He said Cohen reached out to him after being contacted by Davidson and said he retained Trump's lawyer "after he informed me about his prior relationship with Mr. Davidson". Broidy was told the woman had an abortion, a source said.

"I would like to sincerely apologize to my wife and family for the hurt that I have caused", Broidy said. "It is unfortunate that this personal matter between two consenting adults is the subject of national discussion just because of Michael Cohen's involvement", he said.

Michael Cohen, whose home and office were raided this week by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents searching in part for information about pay-offs to women alleging sexual encounters with Trump, handled the matter on behalf of the fundraiser, Elliott Broidy, the person said.