"The furor over who leaked intimate photos and texts of the world's richest man is centered on Michael Sanchez, the brother of Jeff Bezos" girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez.
The same day, the Daily Beast reported that multiple sources at AMI, the National Enquirer's parent company, pointed to Michael as the source who leaked the intimate text messages to the tabloid. But Michael told Howard Kurtz, a Fox News host, that he didn't do it. "Sanchez says "No way would I be involved in a leak that would be bad for my sister, "' Kurtz said".
"The story was given to the National Enquirer by a reliable source that had given information to the National Enquirer for seven years prior to this story". 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".
Bezos ordered the investigation after the Enquirer published a story about the affair last month.
"The White House... because of the close relationship between David Pecker and Donald Trump" the former judge answered, adding he's seen "no evidence of this but that is the implication in the media that if Jeff Bezos continues with his investigation, that's where it will lead".
A talent manager and publicist, Sanchez has been married to his husband, Casey Ashby, since 2011. He frequently criticizes CNN and other news outlets on Twitter and echoes many of Trump's positions, including talking about "fake news" and calling the Mueller investigation "McCarthyism" in December.
Sanchez told the Washington Post that numerous people at AMI informed him that the National Enquirer was doing "a takedown to make Trump happy".
The matter could soon surround Trump himself.
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.
Why is Michael Sanchez under scrutiny? The website also previously reported that Bezos' team believes the leaker had political motivations for exposing the messages. In the interview, attorney Elkan Abramowitz said the source was "well known to both Mr. Bezos and Ms. Sanchez". Their investigation into how the National Enquirer and AMI handled the story, de Becker noted, is "ongoing".