A lawyer representing the publisher of the National Enquirer, David Pecker, insisted Sunday that politics has nothing to do with & # 39; with threats to publishing intimate photo's of Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.
"That's not extortion, because that's all [American Media, Inc.] wanted was the truth, "said lawyer Ebram Abramowitz on ABC's" This Week. "
Abramowitz maintained that the source of the story about Bezos and his mistress, Lauren Sanchez, was a person who had provided information to the National Enquirer for seven years.
"Bezos and Mrs. Sanchez knew who the source was," he said. "Every researcher who went to investigate this knew who the source was.
"It was not the White House, it was not Saudi Arabia," he added. And the reproach that was about to close AMI was that this was all a political battleship sponsored by a foreign nation or someone who was politically in this country. & # 39;
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Abramowitz refused to specify who was the source of the story, except to say that it was not Saudi Arabia, President Trump or Roger Stone.
He did not answer directly to the question of whether the source was Sanchez's brother, Michael, who is an acquaintance of Stone and former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.
Bezos revealed in a blog post last Thursday that the National Enquirer had threatened to release personal photos he had sent to Sanchez if the Amazon CEO did not stop investigating how the outlet messages between the two had been obtained.
"Instead of capitulating for extortion and blackmail, I decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal costs and shame they threaten," Bezos wrote.
AMI has said that it believes that the Enquirer has "acted legitimately," but that it will investigate Bezos's claims.
The saga raises the specter of legal misery for the media company, which had entered into a cooperation agreement with the federal prosecutors in the investigation into campaign financing violations in the Trump campaign in exchange for immunity. The agreement stipulated that the company would not engage in criminal activities for three years.
Abramowitz said Sunday that he is "not worried" about the status of the company's agreement with the southern district of New York.