Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
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Bezos probe concludes mistress' brother was Enquirer source

Bezos probe concludes mistress' brother was Enquirer source

Private investigators working for Jeff Bezos have determined that the brother of the Amazon chief executive's mistress leaked the couple's intimate text messages to the National Enquirer.

"Multiple sources" at the Enquirer told the Daily Beast website Mr Sanchez was the source of the photos. He is the Trump-supporting brother of Mr Bezos's girlfriend Lauren Sanchez.

Mr Bezos, 55, is said to have begun an affair with Ms Sanchez, 49, before his separation from his 48-year-old wife MacKenzie, whom he announced he was divorcing last month after 25 years of marriage.

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 investigators have since turned over the results of their probe to lawyer Richard Ben-Veniste for review and possible referral to law enforcement.

Sanchez told the Washington Post that numerous people at AMI informed him that the National Enquirer was doing "a takedown to make Trump happy".

The Daily Beast underscores that there is no indication that Sanchez hacked his sister's phone and that he hasn't been charged with any crime, noting that the Bezos investigation found no evidence of hacking. Still unresolved: why Sanchez allegedly supplied the information to the Enquirer; why the Enquirer promoted a story about Bezos with such vigor; what, if anything this had to do with the Enquirer's long-standing support for Trump; why its parent company was so bothered by the suggestion that it was motivated by "external forces, political or otherwise"; and why AMI tried to later coerce Bezos with a previously unreleased "d*ck pick".

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.

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. Jubeir said he was not aware of any links between the Saudi government and AMI or its CEO David Pecker.

Read the full Daily Beast report here.

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