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Purportedly, GOP fundraiser Elliot Broidy got Playmate Shera Bechard pregnant and paid her a settlement of $1.6Million for her silence, in a deal that was negotiated by none other than Michael Cohen. Now a bit of digging has unearthed the fact that most likely Broidy took the fall for Donald Trump in gratitude for getting $600Million from the Saudis and the UAE. This bounty in Broidy’s life occurred when Broidy and George Nader were pushing anti-Quatar policies to the government, on behalf of the Saudis, in order to secure huge consulting fees. Trump came through for them and Broidy’s company got a five year contract worth $600Million. Broidy owed Trump big time and so he agreed to fall on his sword and claim that he impregnated Shera Bechard. Paul Campos, New York Magazine:

Here is some additional context that now seems especially noteworthy: Just two days before that meeting, [with Trump] on November 30, Broidy wired $200,000 from his Bank of America account to Real Estate Attorneys’ Group, a California firm. On December 5, REAG transferred that money to attorney Keith Davidson. Davidson was at the time supposedly representing the legal interests of Shera Bechard, a Playboy model with whom Broidy now claims to have had an affair. (Bechard fired Davidson shortly afterward, when she became convinced that Davidson was actually working in concert with Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s personal attorney, to protect Cohen’s client’s interests rather than hers.) That $200,000 was supposed to be the first of eight quarterly payments that “David Dennison” agreed to make to Bechard, in order to buy her silence about an affair and a subsequent abortion. All this was laid out in an NDA recovered from Michael Cohen’s office when it was raided last month. […]

But as I argued at length and in detail in this space two weeks ago, Broidy’s account raises a lot of questions — and I believe a more plausible explanation of all the facts at hand is that he agreed to pay Bechard seven figures as a favor to Donald Trump, who actually impregnated Bechard, and then needed to hush her up about their affair and her subsequent abortion. […]

The AP exposé only strengthens the evidence for my hypothesis: The first payment from Broidy came two days before the meeting that apparently helped him ink a nine-figure deal with a foreign country — a deal based in no small part on his access to, and influence on, Trump. If it’s difficult to imagine Broidy being willing to take the fall for Trump’s affair with Bechard and then paying her a seven-figure sum, it’s much simpler to imagine it simply as a perfectly timed and fantastically profitable bribe.

Campos points out that Trump is precisely the kind of man who has affairs with Playmates, whereas Broidy’s track record shows him to have a history of bribing public officials to get further his business interests. Given the timing of what occurred and the character of the parties involved, this theory is plausible.

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