Prosecutors to meet with Bezos in extortion probe

An Amazon employee applies tape to a package before shipment at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore on Aug. 3 2017

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is slated to meet with federal prosecutors in NY in the coming days as authorities investigate his claim Saudi Arabia tried to extort him.

American Media Inc (AMI) said in a statement https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-media-llc-is-exploring-strategic-options-for-its-newsprint-tabloids-including-national-enquirer-300830361.html it is looking at "strategic options" for the weekly, as well as for the Globe and the National Examiner brands.

During the 2016 election, the company assisted Trump's presidential campaign by paying $150,000 to Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal for the rights to her story about an alleged affair with Trump and then burying the story.

American Media came under fire this year from Amazon founder Bezos for what he said were threats to publish explicit photos of him following a January story on him that included lurid texts exchanged with his mistress, former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez. A phone message seeking comment from Chatham was not immediately returned.

Pecker's connection with President Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen landed AMI in a legal tangle past year.

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Prosecutors have been probing the extortion claim in part to determine whether the actions of the National Enquirer's publisher, American Media, violated a non-prosecution agreement it struck a year ago with prosecutors.

Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's former minister for foreign affairs, told CBS News that the government had "nothing to do with" the matter. Bezos took to social media to accuse the National Enquirer of blackmailing him.

Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, in an annual letter to shareholders, argued that Amazon's growth has benefited its third-party merchants-a veiled riposte to calls to break up the company. That pay hike was not universally praised by all workers, who said the company cut two employee benefits as well: monthly bonuses and the chance to own some of Amazon's sky-rocketing stock.

Pecker is known as a staunch ally of President Donald Trump.

Though de Becker wrote that the results of his investigation had been turned over to federal officials, it is standard practice for prosecutors to conduct their own examination of such allegations, and, in the case of a hacking claim, to seek first-hand access to the electronics that were allegedly compromised.

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