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Michael Cohen resigns from his Republican National Committee role

Michael Cohen resigned as an RNC finance chair today, becoming the third RNC finance chair to step down under a cloud of scandal.
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In April 2017, the RNC issued a press release introducing the members of its finance team. Casino mogul Steve Wynn would serve as the Republican National Committee’s finance chairman, while Elliott Broidy and Michael Cohen were among a small handful of Republicans who would serve as national deputy finance chairmen.

Wynn was forced to resign from the RNC earlier this year following sexual misconduct allegations. (The RNC refused to return his money.)

Broidy, who’s at the center of multiple, ongoing controversies, also resigned in the wake of an unrelated sex scandal.

And then there's Cohen, who's become a deeply controversial figure, who reportedly expects to be indicted, and who has finally decided to walk away from his RNC role.

Michael Cohen, President Trump's longtime confidant and former personal attorney, has resigned from his post as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee's Finance Committee, sources close to the RNC told ABC News.In his resignation letter to Ronna McDaniel, the RNC chair, Cohen cited the ongoing special counsel investigation as one reason for his departure. ABC News has reviewed the email."This important role requires the full-time attention and dedication of each member. Given the ongoing Mueller and SDNY investigations, that simply is impossible for me to do," he wrote.

It's worth emphasizing that on his way out, Cohen also took a moment to denounce Donald Trump's family-separation policy.

"As the son of a Polish holocaust survivor, the images and sounds of this family separation policy is heart wrenching," Cohen wrote. "While I strongly support measures that will secure our porous borders, children should never be used as bargaining chips."

Will the Republican National Committee return any of the money from its scandal-plagued trio? I think it's a safe bet the RNC will keep every dime.