President Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen, whose offices were raided by the F.B.I. just a few days ago, negotiated a deal in late 2017 to pay $1,600,000 to a former Playboy model, who said she was impregnated by Elliott Broidy, a deputy finance chairman for the Republican National Committee.
It’s important to note that Cohen is Trump’s personal attorney, so why he’s handling non-disclosure agreements concerning the scandals of other people high-ranked in the Republican Party is uncertain.
It’s possible President Trump asked him for the favor.
How else did the two get in contact?
The details of the deal with the unnamed former playmate is just now being released, and was first reported on in the Wall Street Journal.
Here’s what we know, so far:
Cohen arranged the payments on behalf of Elliott Broidy, a deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. He has ties to Trump.
The deal gives the model $1.6 million paid out over two years.
She agreed to have a consensual sexual relationship with the 60-year-old Broidy over the course of a year and decided to terminate the relationship after learning she was pregnant.
The contract states that if she were to become pregnant and have the baby, she would be entited to child support. She ultimately decided not to carry through with the pregnancy and opted for an abortion.
Here’s Broidy with his wife
After the news leaked, Broidy owned up to his behavior, saying it was her decision to have the abortion:
“I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate,” Mr. Broidy said in a statement provided by a spokesman. “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 difficult period.”
As far as Broidy’s relationship with Trump, we do know that he has frequently visited the president at the White House and at Mar-a-Lago. For Trump to claim that he didn’t know anything about this deal through his attorney would probably be an outright lie.
President Trump himself is accused of having Cohen arrange hush-money payments with former playmates and models, including Stormy Daniels and others. It’s almost as if this just just how the guys do it – business as usual.
Currently the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller are trying to find out if any campaign finance laws were broken, and just how much the president knew.
To date, Trump has denied any involvement in any affairs.