Trump lawyer handled $1.6 million payoff for Republican donor

14 April, 2018, 10:41 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Michael Cohen reportedly negotiated a $1.6 million settlement on behalf of Republican fundraiser Elliot Broidy

"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. Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, is now suing Trump and Cohen to have the agreement tossed out.

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".

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 has been a prominent supporter of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and contributed to the then-candidate's fundraising efforts as vice chairman of the Trump Victory Fund, which combined state and national Republican committees. 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.

"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 said.

A former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, has described having a 10-month affair with Trump, which the White House has said Trump denies.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's lawyer and fixer, is being accused of helping a top Republican official pay off a former Playboy model the official impregnated.

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It's the latest such agreement arranged by Cohen, Trump's longtime personal lawyer and fixer, whose home, office and hotel room were raided by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents armed with a search warrant on Monday, a move than enraged the president, who called it "an attack on our country".

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was confirming a report by the Wall Street Journal.

In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, Broidy confirmed the affair and the monetary payments. Broidy said he retained Cohen because Cohen had a prior relationship with Davidson.

Cohen and Davidson did not respond to requests for comment.

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.

According to the WSJ report, the sum of $1.6 million was due to be paid to the unnamed former Playboy model in quarterly installments over a period of two years. The Playmate became pregnant and elected to have an abortion.

Daniels' current lawyer, Michael Avenatti, appeared to have knowledge of the settlement Cohen made on behalf Broidy. 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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