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Washington Post, May 22, 2018: Get to know Elliott Broidy, the next major Trump scandal figure
There are two twists to this story...one of influence peddling to obtain huge consulting contracts from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, in exchange for which they would use Elliot Broidy’s connections to Trump to help the Saudis and the UAE in their conflict with Qatar.
But the other is more salacious but connected. You will recall that Michael Cohen paid former Playboy model named Shera Bechard $1.6 million to keep quiet about an affair she supposedly had with Broidy, Cohen's 3rd client. The hefty "keep quiet" payment was because Broidy supposedly impregnated Bechard and she had an abortion.
However, it doesn't make much sense that Broidy, a rich guy himself, would use Michael Cohen to take care of this sordid affair. What seems more likely is that Bechard didn't have the affair with Bechard, but rather with Donald Trump. And the $1.6 million comes from Trump via some circuitous route to Bechard. As the WP article admits, it is unproven conjecture, but when the public story doesn't make sense, one delves into alternatives. In a sense Elliot Broidy's role is also a fixer...though indirectly to hide the true payer of the hush money.
Oh and Shera Bechard is a dead ringer for Ivanka Trump. Could that be a factor on why Trump pursued her?
Read more at the Washington Post article above.