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

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

According to the Wall Street Journal, Cohen helped arrange a payment for Elliott Broidy, who is a deputy finance chairman with the Republican National Committee, for $1.6 million.

Cohen's home, office and hotel were raided Monday by federal authorities reportedly looking for information about payments made to women for their silence, including those who alleged affairs with Trump.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news of Broidy's settlement. "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 in a statement to the Journal. He said he retained Cohen after the Trump lawyer told Broidy he had been contacted by the woman's attorney.

According to The Journal, the deal was negotiated late a year ago and blocks the woman from disclosing details of her relationship with Broidy.

Cohen's brokering of the Broidy deal emerged after his office in NY was raided last week by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents reportedly seeking evidence of bank fraud and other crimes.

Broidy, who initially backed Sen. The Times reported earlier this year that Mr. Cohen and Mr. Davidson discussed the deal the day before Ms. McDougal signed the contract.




Broidy, a former member of the commission that oversees the Los Angeles city Fire and Police Pension Fund, said it was "unfortunate" that his affair - which occurred "between two consenting adults" has become the "subject of a national discussion just because of Michael Cohen's involvement". RNC officials did not immediately return calls for comment.

Broidy, an investor, already was in the sights of the special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, because of his relationship with George Nader, a businessman who serves as an adviser to the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahya.

The Broidy deal reveals new details about the relationship between Davidson, a celebrity lawyer in Los Angeles, and Cohen, Trump's hard-charging fixer in NY.

Broidy's name, meanwhile, has also come up in connection with the Russian Federation investigation as Mueller has looked into whether foreign governments sought to push policies favorable to them within the Trump campaign or administration.

The Republican Party appears to have a sexual scandal problem, with President Donald Trump being tied to several scandals and now GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy resigning after being accused of paying off a Playmate with whom he reportedly had an affair. Both Daniels and McDougal allege they had affairs with Trump and that they were paid to be quiet about those encounters. Those are the same names used to identify Donald Trump and Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) in a 2016 agreement. National Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc.is run by David Pecker, a longtime friend of Trump's.

McDougal has sued to break free of her contract so she can speak freely, arguing that her story about Trump is "core political speech entitled to the highest protection under the law".


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