Speaking to sources on background, The Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen also set up a deal between Republican National Committee (RNC) deputy finance chairman Elliot Broidy and an unnamed Playboy playmate who got pregnant. "She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy, and I offered to help her financially during this hard period", Broidy said in a statement following both reports.
'At the end of our relationship, this woman shared with me that she was pregnant. "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.
According to another source familiar with Broidy's agreement with the former Playboy model, she was to be paid the $1.6 million over a period of two years on a quarterly basis, and the first payment was made in December 2017. Broidy served on the finance committee with Cohen, who is now under criminal investigation for his business dealings. The scandal places even more pressure and scrutiny on President Trump's lawyer and self-described fixer, Michael Cohen, following raids on his offices earlier this week by federal law enforcement officers.
"Mr. Cohen reached out to me after being contacted by this woman's attorney, Keith Davidson", Broidy said.
Cohen recently confessed to paying former adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to allegedly keep quiet about an affair the president had with her back in 2006.
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.
Businessman and Republican megadonor Elliott Broidy.
In the first year of the Trump administration, Broidy was an outspoken advocate at the White House and on Capitol Hill on Middle East issues, particularly the need for action against Qatar, a rival power of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
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.
With the president battling affair allegations and now yet another RNC member stepping down over related claims, we can safely assume that the Republican Party will have a hard time clearing its name in the coming years. Trump has denied the affair and said he did not know about the agreement Cohen reached with the adult actress.
The Broidy revelations underscore ties between Cohen and Keith Davidson, a Los Angeles attorney who represented the woman with whom Broidy had the affair.
Davidson and Cohen were also in communication about a third agreement involving former Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal. It also prevents her from pursuing "what she said were potential legal claims against Mr. Broidy, according to the person familiar with the matter".