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