Trump lawyer arranged $1.6 mil payoff to Playboy Playmate for Republican fundraiser

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Trump lawyer Michael Cohen negotiated a non-disclosure deal with a top Republican Party official that included a $1.6 million payment to a former Playboy Model he had an affair with in exchange for her silence.

Michael Cohen, personal lawyer for then-President-elect Donald Trump, walks through the lobby at Trump Tower, January 12, 2017 in New York City.

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

Through a statement provided by a spokesman, Broidy said he did have a relationship and, at the end of it, the woman told him she was pregnant.

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 a year ago.

Broidy was a deputy finance chairman for the RNC until today. According to The Times, Broidy and Nader pushed the White House to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and adopt an aggressive approach toward Iran and Qatar, as well as asked Trump to meet with the Emirati leader outside the White House.

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. The FBI raids also sought information that included payments allegedly made to keep women silent about affairs with Trump more than a decade ago.

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"And to be clear, the GOP donor is also LA based", he added in a second tweet.

Broidy, who is married with three children, admitted the affair in a statement in which he apologized to his wife and family "for the hurt that I have caused".

"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. 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. "Although I had not previously hired Mr. Cohen, I retained Mr. Cohen after he informed me about his prior relationship with Mr. Davidson", Broidy said.

Michael Cohen, whose home and office were raided this week by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents searching in part for information about payoffs to women alleging sexual encounters with Trump, handled the matter on behalf of Broidy. Trump has denied relationships with both Daniels and McDougal.

Cohen admits to paying Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 in 2016 to stay quiet about an affair she claims she had with President Trump in 2006.

Cohen was reportedly part of the negotiations with AMI in that case as well.

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