Trump lawyer arranged payoff to Playboy Playmate for Republican fundraiser

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"She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this hard period".

The deal bears remarkable similarities to an agreement reached between Donald Trump and porn star Stormy Daniels that was signed by Cohen and Daniels, but not Trump.

"First, I would like to sincerely apologize to my wife and family for the hurt that I have caused".

Broidy was a vice chairman for the Team Trump campaign's joint fund with the GOP during the 2016 campaign, helping it raise more than $108 million. Daniels at the time of the payment was being represented by Keith Davidson, the same attorney who represented the woman in the Broidy negotiations, according to the Journal.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders deflected questions about Cohen and the Broidy payout today, 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.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel accepted the resignation of Broidy as the deputy finance chairman of the RNC, a source familiar with the call told CNN, shortly after The Wall Street Journal first reported the payment.

Cohen is also in the crosshairs of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who raided his office and residence on Monday and seized records and communications related to the deal with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Broidy has admitted that he had a relationship with the woman, who subsequently had an abortion to terminate her pregnancy.

The lawyer for the Playboy model involved with Broidy said his client had no statement and clarified that she isn't McDougal. "Although I had not previously hired Mr. Cohen, I retained Mr. Cohen after he informed me about his prior relationship with Mr. Davidson", Broidy said.

Broidy, a close friend of Trump's, works on the Republican National Committee with Cohen. The money was to be paid to her over two years in quarterly settlements, with the first payment due on December 1, sources told WSJ.

Trump through his spokeswoman has denied her claim and personally told reporters last week that he knew nothing about the $130,000 hush money payment Cohen arranged with Daniels.

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

Daniels' current lawyer, Michael Avenatti, appeared to have knowledge of the settlement Cohen made on behalf Broidy. Davidson did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The source says it allows the woman to speak about and take legal action concerning her alleged pregnancy if she so chooses.

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