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April 13, 2018 4:37 pm - NewsBehavingBadly.com

The man’s name may not be that familiar to the general public, but he’s a big player in the Republican Party — as well as a “big playa”:

A major donor with close ties to the White House resigned on Friday as deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee after the revelation that he had agreed to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model who became pregnant during an affair.

The deal was arranged by President Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen.

Under the terms of the deal, the Republican donor, Elliott Broidy, would pay the woman in installments over the course of two years, and in return, she would agree to stay silent about their relationship, two people with knowledge of the arrangement told The New York Times. The deal was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

The lawyer for the woman, Keith M. Davidson, also represented two women who were paid during the presidential campaign for their silence about alleged affairs with Mr. Trump — a former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, who sold the rights to her story to American Media Inc., and Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic actress known as Stormy Daniels, who received a payment of $130,000 that Mr. Cohen said came out of his own pocket.

And I’d bet that Cohen and Trump are trying to block the eventual release of recordings involving the three of them!

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is trying to stop the government from using information found in the FBI raid that occurred on Monday in his office and home.

Cohen is asking a federal judge for a restraining order today at a US District Court hearing.

Smart money is that the whole thing is not going to go well at all for them:

Cohen’s argument is “a dead loser,” said former U.S. attorney Harry Litman, who teaches at the UCLA School of Law and continues to practice law. “The search was orthodox and lawful and he has no basis to challenge it,” Litman said, based on news reports about the process of obtaining the search warrant.

We’re going to need way more popcorn! You’ll need it just for this terrific Twitter thread that ties Broidy directly to Kremlingate.

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Dave "Doctor" Gonzo is a renegade media producer, occasional bassist, web developer, and Grammy® voter. He is editor and senior contributor to News Behaving Badly. He has written for American Politics Journal, Alan Colmes' Liberaland (Dave was also a semi-frequent Friday guest on Alan's radio show), and (in print) Audio Review. Dave lives in s fortified compound with doorman in Manhattan's not-so-trendy Yorkville neighborhood.