Bezos probe concludes mistress' brother was Enquirer source

Marco Green
February 12, 2019

The findings add to the intrigue surrounding the clash between the pro-Trump tabloid and the world's richest man.

U.S. President Donald Trump returns to the White House after receiving his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on February 8, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Minutes later, however, the attorney said he could confirm that "it's not Saudi Arabia, it's not President Trump (and) it's not Roger Stone". He is also the manager of his sister, Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor.

Mackley said that the comment came from Sanchez, who was like speculating and "doesn't have direct knowledge of the fact". In a January 31 tweet, he said without evidence that Bezos' longtime security consultant, Gavin de Becker, who is leading the private investigation, "spreads fake, unhinged conservative conspiracy theories".

American Media, Inc., which owns the National Enquirer, fired back at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Friday after he publicly accused the publication of extortion and blackmail.

When Stephanopoulos directly asked Elkan Abramowitz if the National Enquirer source was Michael Sanchez, Abramowitz said he couldn't disclose who the source is because of confidentiality constraints.

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.

"According to the documents you reviewed, that Sanchez was providing - that the Enquirer was pursuing its story about Bezos with President Trump's knowledge and appreciation", quote MSNBC host Chris Hayes Monday.

Mr Ben-Veniste served as special prosecutor during the Watergate scandal.

The Daily Beast, which has been tracking the story of Bezos' private investigation into the leaked texts, spoke with Bezos' security consultant Gavin de Becker, who said they've wrapped up the leak investigation. AMI was implicated in one of the charges after they admitted to paying $150,000 to gain exclusive rights to former Playboy model Karen McDougal's story of an alleged affair with Trump-a "catch and kill" agreement-in order to kill her story amid the 2016 presidential campaign. The people weren't authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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