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RNC fundraiser resigns, admitting Cohen helped him settle deal with former Playboy model mistress

Elliott Broidy stepped down from his RNC post on Friday after admitting to a settlement with his former mistress. (Image source: YouTube screencap)

Venture capitalist and Republican National Committee deputy finance chair Elliott Broidy stepped down from his RNC post on Friday, admitting that President Trump's personal attorney helped him negotiate a settlement with his former mistress.

Trump attorney Michael Cohen's home was raided by the FBI on Monday, and he is now under criminal investigation by the Department of Justice due to his business dealings.

Cohen acknowledged paying porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in 2016 when the two signed a non-disclosure agreement requiring Daniels to not speak of her alleged affair with Trump ten years prior.

Broidy says Cohen reached out to him after the RNC official was contacted by an attorney for his former mistress — a former Playboy model Broidy had impregnated during their affair. The woman had an abortion to end the pregnancy.

The deal Cohen negotiated for Broidy also involved a non-disclosure agreement and payment. Broidy and his former mistress reached a settlement late last year, requiring the investor to pay the woman $1.6 million.

In a statement, Broidy said, "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. We have not spoken since that time."

Broidy also expressed that he would "like to sincerely apologize to my wife and family for the hurt that I have caused."

Both non-disclosure agreements used the same pseudonyms for the parties involved: "David Dennison" and "Peggy Peterson" to hide the identities of the individuals. Both women also have the same attorney, Keith Davidson, representing them.

Another of Davidson's clients, Karen McDougal, also claims to have had an affair with President Trump. McDougal signed a similar non-disclosure agreement with American Media Inc., the company that publishes the National Enquirer.

The resignation of Broidy comes off the heels of another big-money departure from the RNC. Casino mogul and former RNC finance chair Steve Wynne stepped down from his post earlier this year amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

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