Sources delving into how the National Enquirer and its parent company AMI got their hands on private photographs of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos say the matter may involve the brother of his current girlfriend.
Last week, Bezos announced that private pictures (including possibly a “nude selfie”) he had sent to his girlfriend, entertainment television host Lauren Sanchez, were somehow intercepted by the National Enquirer, whom he alleged, threatened to publish them in the publication as part of an extortion plot against him, per reporting from the Boston Globe. Both the National Enquirer and AMI deny those allegations.
It’s yet to be seen who’s telling the truth, but on Monday, CBS News reported that private investigators hired by Bezos were handing over to law enforcement information they had obtained regarding how those pictures were sent to the publication.
According to sources with knowledge of what Bezos’s investigation uncovered, Lauren Sanchez’s brother Michael Sanchez was the individual who was supplying the texts to AMI. Sanchez is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump.
Michael Sanchez has repeatedly expressed support for President Trump and has known ties to Trump associates. https://t.co/KcthDMPKm8
— Slate (@Slate) February 11, 2019
Reporting from The Daily Beast seems to confirm that fact. Sources from inside AMI told The Daily Beast that Michael Sanchez was the source of the texts to the National Enquirer.
The matter could soon surround Trump himself. The source who spoke to The Daily Beast also suggested that Michael Sanchez believed the Enquirer was pursuing the story with “President Trump’s knowledge and appreciation.”
Additionally, reporting from CBS News seems to suggest that individuals inside Trump’s orbit — including former adviser Roger Stone and former campaign adviser Carter Page — spoke to Michael Sanchez about the salacious texts.
Bezos is sometimes derided by Trump due to the fact that the Amazon CEO is also the owner of the Washington Post.
As recently as last month, Trump tweeted out in a sarcastic fashion that he felt “[s]o sorry to hear the news about Jeff Bozo being taken down by a competitor whose reporting, I understand, is far more accurate than the reporting in his lobbyist newspaper, the Amazon Washington Post.” In that same tweet, Trump called Bezos “Jeff Bozo.”