Cohen facilitated $1.6 million payment on behalf of GOP fundraiser

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The Wall Street Journal states Cohen negotiated a deal a year ago on behalf of Elliott Broidy, a deputy finance chairman for the Republican National Committee.

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.

Under the arrangement, Republican National Committee deputy finance chair Elliot Broidy, who was appointed by Trump, agreed to pay $1.6 million to a woman who claimed she was impregnated by him during a sexual affair, the Wall Street Journal reported.

An attorney for Cohen did not return requests for comment today.

Cohen's property was raided earlier this week by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents said to be looking into allegations of bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance law violations. Shortly after the news came out, WSJ journalist Rebecca Ballhaus reports that Broidy has resigned from his position.

According to the non-disclosure agreement described by the WSJ's sources, the woman says that the 60-year-old Broidy paid her money in exchange for an exclusive sexual relationship that lasted more than a year. The deal also allowed the woman to keep the baby, determine paternity and seek child support if she chose to do so. Cohen and Trump are now being sued by porn star Stormy Daniels, who seeks to void her own hush deal over an alleged dalliance with Trump for which she was paid $130,000. "I'm gonna take a look", she said. "But I've always acted in my clients' best interests and appropriately in all situations".

"Mr. Cohen reached out to me after being contacted by this woman's attorney, Keith Davidson", Broidy said. Although I had not previously hired Mr. Cohen, I retained Mr. Cohen after he informed me about his prior relationship with Mr. Davidson'.

Cohen and Broidy met during the 2016 campaign, when Broidy, a California native and major GOP donor, emerged as a key financial backer of the RNC.

Broidy was a deputy finance chairman for the RNC until today. Last month, Broidy co-hosted a fundraiser for Trump's reelection campaign in Los Angeles.

The contract with Daniels closely resembles the one Cohen set up with Broidy.

Broidy, in turn, denied allegations, and said he wouldn't make legal claims either as long as she signed the contract.

Federal agents raided Cohen's properties earlier this week as part of a probe by a special counsel into irregularities in Trump's campaign and presidency.

"I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate", Broidy said in a statement. The woman became pregnant during the affair. "At the end of our relationship, this woman shared with me that she was pregnant".

The New York Times reported that the FBI acted on a tip from special counsel Robert Mueller, which was approved and passed along to the US Attorney of the Southern District of New York's office by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, because it was not tied directly to Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

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.

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