- President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, negotiated a $US1.6 million payment to a former Playboy model who says a top Republican fundraiser named Elliott Broidy got her pregnant, The Wall Street Journal reported.
- CNBC later reported that Cohen was paid $US250,000 for negotiating the agreement.
- Broidy, a close friend of Trump’s, works on the Republican National Committee with Cohen.
- The Journal said that the payment was negotiated late last year and that the first instalment was due on December 1.
- Cohen’s property was raided earlier this week by FBI agents said to be looking into allegations of bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance law violations.
- Broidy’s name has also come up in recent reports about the Russia investigation.
President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, negotiated a $US1.6 million payment to a former Playboy model who says a top Republican National Committee official named Elliott Broidy got her pregnant, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
According to The Journal, the deal was negotiated late last year and blocks the woman from disclosing details of her relationship with Broidy. The first payment was due on December 1, the report says.
Broidy told the newspaper he had a consensual relationship with the woman.
“At the end of our relationship, this woman shared with me that she was pregnant,” he said. “She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this difficult period.”
Broidy, who is married, is a close friend of Trump’s and works on the RNC with Cohen.
The nondisclosure agreement between Broidy and the woman includes the woman’s allegation that Broidy paid her for a sexual relationship that lasted one to two years, The Journal reported.
According to CNBC, Cohen was paid $US250,000 for his role in negotiating the settlement.
The report says the pseudonyms for Broidy and the woman in the agreement also mirror those used in a separate nondisclosure agreement between Trump and an adult-film actress. Cohen has acknowledged he negotiated that deal shortly before the 2016 US election.
Cohen has been a staple in headlines since the FBI raided his hotel room and office in New York on Monday.
The New York Times reported that the agency was acting on a referral from the special counsel Robert Mueller, who most likely sent it because he had discovered evidence of wrongdoing connected to Cohen that was not within his purview in the Russia investigation.
The Washington Post later reported that investigators were looking into whether Cohen committed bank fraud or wire fraud or violated campaign finance law.
Investigators who raided Cohen’s properties are said to have sought records of payments to two women who say they had an affair with Trump; materials connected to the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape featuring Trump; recordings of Cohen’s conversations with associates; attorney-client communications between Trump and Cohen; and Cohen’s electronic devices and financial documents.
Broidy’s name, meanwhile, has also come up in connection with the Russia investigation as Mueller has looked into whether foreign governments sought to push policies favourable to them within the Trump campaign or administration.
A Times report late last month detailed emails between Broidy and George Nader, a Middle East adviser who is now said to be cooperating with Mueller. 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.
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