Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

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

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

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.

Cohen and Trump are now being sued by porn star Stormy Daniels, who seeks to void her own hush deal over an alleged dalliance with Trump for which she was paid $130,000.

Broidy also helped organize a fundraiser in the City of Angels last month that Trump attended, the people said.

Los Angeles investor Elliott Broidy, who has been a major financial supporter of the president, issued a statement Friday acknowledging that he "had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate" who got 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".

A person familiar with the agreement between Broidy and the woman, who was not identified, said Cohen used the same pseudonyms he made for Trump and Daniels.

Both agreements use the pseudonyms "David Dennison" and "Peggy Peterson" to hide the identity of the signatories.

The bombshell report comes just days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's office and hotel on Monday.

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President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, arranged the 2017 deal.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was confirming a Wall Street Journal report. The agreed upon sum was to be paid over a two-year period with the first installment due on December 1, a source familiar with the deal said, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Cohen and Davidson did not immediate respond to requests for comment. Cohen has claimed Trump, who denies the affair, was not aware of the payment and did not reimburse him.

Broidy confirmed the relationship but stated that it was the woman's decision to terminate the pregnancy.

Broidy, a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition board, was an early backer of Trump among GOP Jews, who generally back establishment figures in the party and were wary of Trump's insurgency. Broidy said Cohen reached out to him after being contacted by Keith Davidson, the woman's attorney.

The revelations could not have come at worse time for the Trump administration and his legal team, given the allegations made by former adult film star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, that Cohen paid her $130,000 to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), preventing her from discussing the details of an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006. "Although I had not previously hired Mr. Cohen, I retained Mr. Cohen after he informed me about his prior relationship with Mr. Davidson", who initially represented Daniels. Both agreements had separate side letters that listed the real names of the parties, this person said. McDougal said her lawyer at the time secretly negotiated with Cohen on a deal with American Media Inc, publisher of the National Enquirer, which paid her $150,000 in 2016 to keep quiet.

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