He did it again, but not for Trump.
President Trump's embattled personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, negotiated a $1.6 million deal in late 2017 with a former Playboy model on behalf of a prominent Republican fund-raiser who had impregnated her, according to people familiar with the deal.
The deal was negotiated to prevent the former playmate from publicly discussing the alleged affair.
Broidy, a former national vice chair of the Trump campaign, resigned on Friday as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee, according to a person familiar with that matter.
"I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate", Broidy said in a statement to The Journal.
"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 hard period", he said.
The contract also prohibits the pursuit of what the woman said were impending legal charges against Broidy and claims that Broidy paid her for a sexual relationship that lasted one to two years, a source told the Journal.
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Attorney Michael Cohen walks down the sidewalk in New York, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Trump weighed in to accuse prosecutors of a "witch hunt".
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders deflected questions about Cohen and the Broidy payout Friday, saying she was "not sure" if Cohen was still Trump's personal attorney and trying to turn the focus back to critiques of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Prior to Friday's report, sources close to Broidy argued that he retained access to Trump and would remain in his RNC position. Always good to be proven correct. Additionally, the legal papers used the same pseudonyms that referred to Trump and Daniels in their agreement, "David Dennison" for the man and "Peggy Peterson" for the woman.
Broidy, meanwhile, has been embroiled in controversy stemming from his work with George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman who was confronted by agents working for Mueller in January and has since been cooperating with the Russian Federation probe.
Keith Davidson, the lawyer who represented Daniels at the time, also represented the Playboy model with whom Broidy had an affair. National Enquirer never ran McDougal's allegations and gave her a fitness column instead, prompting speculation that the payment was meant to keep her allegations from coming out in what is known in the tabloid world as a "catch and kill".
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