Bezos probe concludes mistress' brother was Enquirer source

Mae Love
February 13, 2019

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

Michael Sanchez, a Trump supporter and brother of Bezos' mistress, Lauren Sanchez, allegedly supplied the tabloid with the couple's lurid texts ahead of a forthcoming expose on their extramarital affair.

That is according to a source who spoke to the Associated Press.

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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. Sources from inside AMI told The Daily Beast that Michael Sanchez was the source of the texts to the National Enquirer. "We have turned our conclusions over to our attorneys for referral to law enforcement", he told the outlet Sunday, but declined giving further details.

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 USA tabloid by Michael 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.

On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that American Media Inc., which owns the National Enquirer, had asked the Justice Department if they'd have to register as a foreign entity after publishing a story celebrating Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. He said American Media, Inc. - the tabloid's parent company - threatened to publish explicit photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the Enquirer obtained his private exchanges and publicly declared that the Enquirer's coverage of him was not politically motivated.

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