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Trump lawyer handled $1.6 million payoff for Republican donor

Trump lawyer handled $1.6 million payoff for Republican donor

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney, negotiated a $1.6 million settlement between a top Republican donor and a Playboy playmate after she became pregnant following an affair, the donor acknowledged on Friday.

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

In his statement, Broidy said the woman with whom he had an affair told him of the pregnancy after their relationship had ended. "She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this hard period", Brody wrote.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the Journal reported that the 2017 deal prohibits the woman from discussing the relationship with Broidy, who works as a deputy finance chairman of the GOP's committee.

"It is unfortunate that this personal matter between two consenting adults is the subject of national discussion just because of Michael Cohen's involvement", Broidy added.

The report follows a flurry of news this week after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's offices and seized various records, documents, and pieces of tech.

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"Mr. Cohen reached out to me after being contacted by this woman's attorney, Keith Davidson", Broidy said.

Cohen is deputy finance chair of the RNC, and is reportedly being probed over possible bank fraud, his ownership of New York City taxi medalions, and the non-disclosure agreeements.

Broidy urged Trump to fire Rex Tillerson, then the secretary of state, whom the United Arab Emirates (UAE) believed was insufficiently tough on its rival Qatar.

The matter might have remained personal, as the relations between a California businessman and a Playmate is nothing unusual in Tinseltown, but Broidy reportedly helped raise over $108 million in funding for Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and donated more than $160,000 to the RNC past year. "We have not spoken since that time".

The report is the latest example of Cohen negotiating nondisclosure agreements and payments to women who allegedly had affairs with his clients. Those are the same names used to identify Donald Trump and Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) in a 2016 agreement. He also negotiated a $150,000 payment in 2016 from the parent company of the National Enquirer for Karen McDougal, a Playboy model who says she had an affair with Trump. 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.

Broidy, in turn, denied allegations, and said he wouldn't make legal claims either as long as she signed the contract. AMI has asked the judge to dismiss the case, arguing that the deal is protected under the First Amendment.