Elliott Broidy Quits RNC Post After Report on Payment to Ex-Model

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Donald Trump's personal lawyer arranged for a $1.6m payment to a Playboy playmate in 2017 to keep secret her sexual relationship with a top Republican fundraiser and ally of Trump, a person familiar with the matter said.

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

Broidy has resigned from the Republican National Committee (RNC).

McDougal has sued to break free of her contract so she can speak freely, arguing that her story about Trump is "core political speech entitled to the highest protection under the law". The committee has not returned Wynn's donations. She has said she understood that American Media Inc. was buying her story not to publish it, but to bury it, in what has been called a "catch and kill" arrangement. "I haven't had a chance to do my due diligence".

The FBI raided Cohen's office, hotel room and home earlier this week.

The report is the latest example of Cohen negotiating nondisclosure agreements and payments to women who allegedly had affairs with his clients.

In a statement, Broidy admitted to the relationship but did not address whether he impregnated the woman. Trump has denied the affair and said he did not know about the agreement Cohen reached with the adult actress.

The agreement says the model accuses Broidy of being the father, the source said.




Broidy, who initially backed Sen.

Mr. Broidy was a major fund-raiser for George W. Bush, but he is particularly connected in Mr. Trump's orbit. Last year, he donated more than $160,000 to the RNC, the Journal reported.

The Broidy deal reveals new details about the relationship between Davidson, a celebrity lawyer in Los Angeles, and Cohen, Trump's hard-charging fixer in NY.

Cohen handled the settlement to the woman for Elliot Broidy, a venture-capitalist who serves as a deputy finance chairman for the RNC, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. 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.

Rosenzweig, who also goes by Broidy, says she was hacked. It was not clear if Broidy met with the president during that trip.

The $1.6 million sum was scheduled to be paid to the woman in installments, beginning in December 2017 and being parceled out over the course of two years, the newspaper reported. After the woman became pregnant, she retained Keith Davidson, a lawyer who also represented Stormy Daniels when she agreed to accept the hush payment from Cohen. Although I had not previously hired Mr. Cohen, I retained Mr. Cohen after he informed me about his prior relationship with Mr. Davidson'.

The day before she signed the contract, Davidson emailed Cohen and told him by phone that the deal was finalized, according to a person familiar with the conversation.

Broidy apologized to his family in his statement.

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