Trump's lawyer bought pregnant Playmate's silence

14 April, 2018, 14:45 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Mr Broidy said Mr Cohen contacted him after being contacted by the woman's lawyer, Keith Davidson.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was confirming a Wall Street Journal report. The Times reported earlier this year that Mr. Cohen and Mr. Davidson discussed the deal the day before Ms. McDougal signed the contract.

In court filings Friday, federal prosecutors said Cohen is the target of a "months-long" criminal probe into his personal finances and business dealings. 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.

In his statement, Broidy confirmed that Cohen reached out to him after being contacted by the Playboy model's lawyer - Keith Davidson, who also happens to be Stormy Daniel's former lawyer who negotiated her settlement with Cohen. 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.

Ted Cruz's presidential bid, eventually became vice chair of the Republican Party and Trump's 2016 joint fundraising committee, helping raise more than $108 million. He has met with Trump frequently at Mar-a-Lago and at the White House.

The documents show that Mr. Broidy has worked closely with George Nader, an adviser to the U.A.E. and a witness in the special counsel's investigation, to help steer Trump administration policy on numerous issues in the Middle East. Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, is examining Mr. Nader's possible role in funneling Emirati money to finance Mr. Trump's political efforts.


In his statement, Broidy said he would "like to sincerely apologize to my wife and family for the hurt that I have caused".

"I acknowledge that I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate", Broidy said. The unidentified woman claimed Broidy got her 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", he said. "We have not spoken since that time", Broidy said.

Cohen has been at the center of a controversy over a $130,000 payment he has admitted making shortly before the 2016 election to porn star Stormy Daniels, who has said that she had sex once with Trump in 2006 and was paid to keep quiet about it.

Trump's long-time personal attorney, walks from his hotel to his apartment in New York, New York, USA, 12 April 2018. Daniels has sued Cohen and Trump, claiming the contract is invalid. Those are the same names used to identify Donald Trump and Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) in a 2016 agreement.

Davidson and Cohen were also in communication about a third agreement involving former Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal. She has said she understood that American Media Inc. was buying her story not to publish it, but to bury it, in what has been called a "catch and kill" arrangement. Another top Trump fundraiser, casino owner Steve Wynn, stepped down as RNC finance chairman in January after news that he had been accused of sexual harassing employees at his properties over decades.

The contract reads that whether or not she is "indeed pregnant as she alleges" she has all her legal rights to seek "the paternity of the alleged child", and any support, financial help, or otherwise.

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