Trump says he wasn't aware of tabloid's Bezos investigation

Daniel Fowler
February 14, 2019

The same day, the Daily Beast reported that multiple sources at AMI, the National Enquirer's parent company, pointed to Michael as the source who leaked the intimate text messages to the tabloid.

Bezos on Thursday accused American Media Inc (AMI), the Enquirer's owner, of trying to blackmail him with the threat of publishing "intimate photos" he allegedly sent to his girlfriend unless he said in public that the United States tabloid's reporting on him was not politically motivated. But his name started circulating as the scandal around she and Bezos expanded. He said Pecker intermediaries threatened to publish embarrassing explicit photos of him if he didn't intervene in an investigation into AMI by The Washington Post, which Bezos owns.

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Bezos noted that David Pecker, the head of AMI and a longtime associate of President Trump, "recently entered into an immunity deal with the Department of Justice related to their role in the so-called "Catch and Kill" process on behalf of President Trump and his election campaign". He frequently criticizes CNN and other news outlets on Twitter and echoes many of Trump's positions, including talking about "fake news" and calling the Mueller investigation "McCarthyism" in December.

The National Enquirer said Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, that it had tailed billionaire Jeff Bezos for four months across five states as he secretly rendezvoused with Lauren Sanchez.

Page, who got involved in the Russian Federation investigation after serving as an early foreign policy adviser to Trump, also told The Daily Beast that he considered Sanchez a "friend" and that his agency represented him in the past.

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He also appeared to write a letter to the editor in the Los Angeles Times, where he called himself "a gay man, a Hispanic, a West Hollywood homeowner and strong supporter of Trump".

Sanchez posted a photo with Page and Hughes at Politicon last October.

The investigators have not said how they believe Michael Sanchez came into possession of his sister's intimate messages.

"It absolutely is not extortion and not blackmail", lawyer Elkan Abramowitz told George Stephanopoulos Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

He was asked if Mr Sanchez was the source and he said: "I'm not permitted to tell you or confirm or deny who the source is".

The explicit material, which is the centre of a "blackmail" row between the world's richest man and the National Enquirer, was allegedly passed to the U.S. tabloid by Michael Sanchez.

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