Trump fundraiser resigns from RNC after payout report

Trump fundraiser resigns from RNC after payout report

Trump fundraiser resigns from RNC after payout report

Republican donor Elliott Broidy would pay the former model under the deal in installments over the course of two years if she stayed quiet about their relationship, according to TheNYT report, which is based on anonymous sourcing.

Michael Cohen, the personal lawyer of President Donald Trump, reportedly used the same pseudonyms for Republican National Committee fundraiser Elliott Broidy and a Playboy Playmate in a settlement deal that he used for Trump and porn star Stormy Daniels in another non-disclosure agreement.

Investigators who raided Cohen's properties are said to have sought records of payments to two women who say they had an affair with Trump; materials connected to the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape featuring Trump; recordings of Cohen's conversations with associates; attorney-client communications between Trump and Cohen; and Cohen's electronic devices and financial documents.

"I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate", Broidy said in a statement to The Journal. The unidentified woman claimed Broidy got her 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", Broidy said in a statement provided to the AP.

As described by a "person familiar with the matter", the NDA identified Broidy and the woman through some pretty familiar psuedonyms: David Dennison and Peggy Peterson.

In the Broidy agreement, Cohen is referred to as Dennis Donohue while the woman's lawyer, Keith Davidson, is referred to as Paul Patterson.

Federal prosecutors are investigating Cohen for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations in connection to his efforts to tamp down damaging stories about Trump during the 2016 campaign, according to people familiar with the case.

Broidy, who initially backed Sen.




"In last 18 mos, Mr. Cohen negotiated yet another hush NDA, this time on behalf of a prominent GOP donor who had a relationship with a LA woman, impregnated her and then made sure she had an abortion". Cohen arranged for that payment, a transaction Trump has denied involvement in.

An attorney for Cohen did not return requests for comment Friday. On Monday, federal agents raided his home, office, and hotel room.

Broidy was a major fund-raiser for George W. Bush.

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

In the lawsuit, she contends that Mr. Cohen played a secret role in the negotiations for that deal, which allegedly involved only herself and the tabloid media company.

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.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has sued to break the agreement, arguing that it is invalid because Trump failed to sign it. Cohen and Trump are seeking to force the matter out of court and into private arbitration, where proceedings are confidential.

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