Michael Cohen facilitated $1.6 million agreement on behalf of GOP fundraiser

Trump Attorney Michael Cohen

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen arranged for a $1.6 million hush payout to a former Playboy model on behalf of Elliott Broidy, a top donor to the Republican Party who had impregnated her a year ago.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, looks on as his attorney (not pictured) delivers a statement to reporters after meeting with Senate Intelligence Committee staff on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 19, 2017.

"I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate", Broidy said via a spokesperson.

"She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this hard period. 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.

Both Cohen and Broidy have served since last April as RNC vice chairs. Steve Wynn, a casino magnate, resigned as its finance chairman earlier this year following allegations of sexual improprieties. The committee has not returned Wynn's donations.

Broidy was a deputy finance chairman for the RNC until Friday. "I haven't had a chance to do my due diligence".

Cohen is also in the crosshairs of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who raided his office and residence on Monday and seized records and communications related to the deal with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. The contract stated that the woman declined to give proof she was pregnant, a source told the Journal.

Cohen has been in news for negotiating a $130,000 hush agreement with porn star Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence about her alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.

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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.

Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti seeks to nullify the agreement, arguing that it is invalid because it does not bear Trump's signature.

The contract with Daniels closely resembles the one Cohen set up with Broidy.

Neither Cohen nor his lawyer immediately responded to requests for comment on the settlement, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Cohen received $250,000-about 15 percent of the value of the woman's payment-for his role arranging the deal for Broidy, CNBC reported Friday. Ted Cruz's presidential bid, eventually became vice chair of the Republican Party and Trump's 2016 joint fundraising committee, helping raise more than $108 million. Last year, he donated more than $160,000 to the RNC, the Journal reported.

The involvement of this lawyer, who was reportedly named in the Broidy NDA as Paul Patterson, complicates an already convoluted story.

On Friday he claimed he had been the first to report the story. It was not clear if Broidy met with the president during that trip.

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

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