Private investigators working for Jeff Bezos have determined that the brother of the Amazon chief executive's mistress leaked the couple's intimate text messages to the National Enquirer. Sources from inside AMI told The Daily Beast that Michael Sanchez was the source of the texts to the National Enquirer.
When Stephanopoulos directly asked Elkan Abramowitz if the National Enquirer source was Michael Sanchez, Abramowitz said he couldn't disclose who the source is because of confidentiality constraints.
Though AMI has resisted revealing the source of the texts - which include some hot one-liners, like, "I want to hold you tight" - the Daily Beast notes that a lawyer for the company "strongly hinted" that Sanchez was the source during an interview with ABC Sunday.
Mr Bezos ordered the investigation after the Enquirer published a story about the affair last month.
Documents reviewed by The Daily Beast show that Michael Sanchez believed the Enquirer pursued its story about Bezos with "President Trump's knowledge and appreciation"-a chase encouraged, in Sanchez's estimation, by Republican operatives "who THINK Jeff gets up every morning and has a WaPo meeting to plot its next diabolical attack on President Trump".
Bezos has said AMI 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.
Sanchez told the Washington Post that numerous people at AMI informed him that the National Enquirer was doing "a takedown to make Trump happy".
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