RNC finance official resigns after acknowledging payment to Playboy model

Elliott Broidy, the venture capitalist who admitted Friday to paying a Playboy "playmate" who said she was pregnant with his child, has stepped down from his post on the Republican National Committee's (RNC) finance team.

Sources familiar with the discussions confirmed to The Hill that RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel accepted Broidy's resignation Friday from his post as the RNC's deputy finance chairman. The Wall Street Journal first reported his resignation.


Broidy is at the center of a new Journal report that revealed that Michael Cohen, President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE's personal lawyer, helped negotiate a $1.6 million payment to the model in 2017.

Broidy confirmed the affair to the Journal and admitted that he "offered to help her financially" after she told him "she did not want to continue with the pregnancy."

The news comes days after the FBI raided an office and other locations belonging to Cohen, acting in part on a referral from Justice Department special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE, who is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election and allegations of collusion by associates of President Trump.

Multiple reports say that the raid sought, in part, records relating to payments made to women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump.