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RNC official resigns amid $1.6 million hush payment to ex-Playboy model

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AP/Andrew Harnik

Elliott Broidy, a key GOP donor with strong ties to the Trump White House, resigned as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee on Friday amid revelations he paid a former Playboy model $1.6 million after she became pregnant during an affair.

The payment was negotiated in late 2017 by President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who also serves on the RNC finance committee, according to The New York Times. Sources told CNBC that Cohen made $250,000 for brokering the deal.

Broidy, 62, paid the former Playboy model $1.6 million in installments over a two-year period, and has become the second member of the committee to resign in recent months. This past January, finance chairman, Steve Wynn, resigned following widespread accusations of sexual harassment, as Salon has previously reported.

"I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship........

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