Bezos probe concludes mistress' brother was Enquirer source

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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.

The findings add to the intrigue surrounding the clash between the pro-Trump tabloid and the world's richest man. Bezos' investigators have suggested the Enquirer's coverage of his affair was driven by dirty politics.

U.S. President Donald Trump returns to the White House after receiving his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on February 8, 2019 in Washington, DC.

But he also has connections with several Trump associates, including Roger Stone, Carter Page and Scottie Nell Hughes. Carter Page, a former Trump advisor who is being investigated by Mueller for his ties to Russian Federation during the presidential campaign, also describes Sanchez as a friend. The investigators have not said how they believe Michael Sanchez came into possession of his sister's intimate messages. 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".

An attorney for the tabloid's parent company did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

On Sunday, a lawyer for the head of American Media, which owns the Enquirer, said the information for the story had been provided by a "reliable source" well-known to Mr Bezos and Ms Sanchez.

He was asked if Sanchez was the source and he said: "I'm not permitted to tell you or confirm or deny who the source is". Sources from inside AMI told The Daily Beast that Michael Sanchez was the source of the texts to the National Enquirer.

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. Ben-Veniste had served as special prosecutor during the Watergate scandal.

The battle between the National Enquirer and Bezos went nuclear when the outlet published a lengthy expose piece on his affair that it proudly presented as its "largest investigation" ever. 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. The people weren't authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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