RNC official resigns after revelations that he paid hush money to porn star

April 14, 2018

RNC official resigns after revelations that he paid hush money to porn star Ted / CCL

Attorney Michael Cohen has been the center of attention lately for allegedly paying a former adult film star to keep secret an affair with Donald Trump – an affair which Trump continues to deny. Now it appears that Cohen is in more trouble — and this time it’s been verified.

Major Republican donor Elliott Broidy resigned as deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) on Friday following reports that he agreed to a deal, facilitated by Michael Cohen, to pay a former Playboy model to keep quiet when she became pregnant during an affair. 

Hush money and a resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, who first broke this story, Broidy agreed, in late 2017, to pay the woman a total of $1.6 million, which would be disbursed over a two year period. In exchange, the Playboy model was not to speak about the affair or the pregnancy.

The Journal got this information from “people familiar with the matter,” in other words, from anonymous source. After this story was made public, Broidy resigned.

His spokesperson, reading a statement written by Broidy, stated:

I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate. 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.

He went on to apologize to his wife and family. The woman has still not been identified, and a spokesperson for her lawyer at the time of the deal, Keith Davidson, said that he could neither confirm or deny the existence of the agreement.

The story is attracting additional attention for the lawyers involved, and their relationship to Donald Trump.

A developing pattern

Michael Cohen was the attorney representing Broidy in the deal. Apparently, Broidy hired Cohen after the woman’s attorney, Davidson, reached out to Cohen, who then contacted Broidy.

Both of these attorneys, Davidson and Cohen, have been tied to the recent Trump affair allegations. These allegations were brought by former Playboy model Karen McDougal and former adult film star Stephanie Clifford, professionally known as Stormy Daniels, both of whom were represented by Davidson. Of course, it was Cohen who represented Trump in both matters.

The New York Times has labeled the actions of Davidson and Cohen, in these three cases, as “further establishing a pattern of collaboration between the lawyers in striking for-pay accommodations to silence women’s allegations about powerful men.”

Of course, Davidson and Cohen allegedly arranged a $1.6 million deal for Broidy and the unnamed woman. They are further supposed to have arranged $150,000 deal with McDougal, who sold her story to American Media Inc., who never ran it, as well as $130,000 deal to keep Clifford quiet.

To further illustrate the parallel, the same aliases that were used in the Clifford deal – “David Dennison” and “Peggy Peterson” – were also used in the Broidy deal.

What now?

It is important to realize that all of this information was provided by anonymous sources, and it has yet to be confirmed by most of the players involved. The only person who has admitted to anything has been Broidy.

President Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen is currently being investigated by the FBI, who on Monday raided his office and hotel room. They were looking for his anything regarding his role in the paid confidentially agreements.

At this point, it does not appear that Davidson has been receiving the same attention. It looks like we will have to wait for further details to emerge.


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Robert Ayers

Robert Ayers is a writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and a JD from the University of Connecticut.