'It was not the White House': AMI lawyer says National Enquirer's emails to Bezos didn't involve politics

Jeff Bezos

  • A lawyer for American Media, Inc., the parent company of the
    National Enquirer, defended the tabloid’s threats to publish
    intimate text messages and photos from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on
    Sunday TV.
  • Attorney Ebram Abramowitz said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that
    “politics have nothing to do” with its written warning to Bezos
    that the tabloid would publish his intimate photos if he did not
    retract his statements about an earlier report concerning his
    divorce and new relationship. 
  • Bezos’ response to the threats said the Enquirer was
    politically motivated in using extortion and blackmail, and
    suggested a connection to President Donald Trump. 

A lawyer for American Media, Inc. defended the National
Enquirer’s threats to publish intimate text messages and photos
from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. 

Attorney Ebram Abramowitz said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that
“politics have nothing to do” with the written warning that Bezos
described in his response as
extortion and blackmail

“That is not extortion because all that AMI wanted was the
truth,” Abramowitz said Sunday, echoing the company’s earlier
defense that the Enquirer had “acted
lawfully
” in its communications with Bezos. 

The source of the story about Bezos and television host Lauren
Sanchez was widely rumored to be Sanchez’s brother, who is an avid
supporter of President Donald Trump and associate of Trump-linked
figures including Carter Page and
the recently-indicted Roger Stone
, though he
denied being involved
.

Abramowitz said Sunday the source was a longtime associate of
the Enquirer. 

“Bezos and Ms. Sanchez knew who the source was,” he said. “Any
investigator who was going to investigate this knew who the source
was.”

Hitting back at Bezos’ seeming suggestion that the Trump
administration and the Enquirer’s ties to Saudi Arabia may have
been involved, Abramowitz said the claim was “libel.” 

Read more:
Jeff Bezos essentially accused the National Enquirer of having a
political motive for exposing his affair, and insinuated a Trump
connection

“It was not the White House. It was not Saudi Arabia,” he added.
“And the libel that was going out there slamming AMI was that this
was all a political hatchet job sponsored by either a foreign
nation or somebody politically in this country.”

Attorney representing AMI CEO David Pecker
on story in National Enquirer about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: “I’m not
permitted to tell you or confirm or deny who the source is. I can
tell you it’s not Saudi Arabia, it’s not President Trump, it’s not
Roger Stone” https://t.co/zydtV2ojiR pic.twitter.com/rbSz1UDt2g

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics)
February 10, 2019

Bezos’ response refreshed scrutiny on AMI’s legal entanglements.

In August 2018
, the tabloid’s publisher David Pecker reportedly
entered into an immunity deal with federal prosecutors who were
looking into hush payments from Trump’s campaign to women who said
they had affairs with Trump, which his former personal lawyer
Michal Cohen told investigators were made at Trump’s direction.

Pecker was previously reported to be in the room with Trump and
Cohen as they devised strategies for quashing reports on women who
said they had affairs with Trump, including “catch-and-kill
tactics for negative stories. 

Pecker also reportedly proposed that AMI could float
embarrassing information about former President Bill and
then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for the upcoming
election. The company has since categorically denied any such
meetings. 

SEE ALSO: How
the National Enquirer’s David Pecker, ‘the bad boy of magazines,’
went from betraying Trump to facing off with Jeff
Bezos

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'It was not the White House': AMI lawyer says National Enquirer's emails to Bezos didn't involve politics