Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano on Monday argued that the feud between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and the National Enquirer may very well be “bad news” for President Donald Trump.
During a Fox Business phase, host Stuart Varney and Napolitano mentioned Bezos’ claims that the National Enquirer tried to blackmail him by threatening to publish illicit images of him and intimate textual content messages from his extramarital affair until he halts an investigation into the tabloid.
Napolitano concluded that the actions of David Pecker—CEO of National Inquirer’s writer American Media (AMI)—amounted to “an act of blackmail because it is an effort to prevent [Bezos] from doing what he has a right to do by threat of exposing something.”
U.S. President Donald Trump returns to the White House after receiving his annual bodily examination at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on February 8, 2019 in Washington, DC. On Monday, Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano mentioned the Jeff Bezos-National Inquirer feud is “bad news” for Trump. Getty/Olivier Douliery-Pool
“Where does the media think the leak came from?” Varney requested Napolitano.
“The White House… because of the close relationship between David Pecker and Donald Trump” the previous choose answered, including 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.”
Napolitano then declared that the scandal may very well be “very troublesome” not just for AMI but in addition the president if federal investigators discover that Pecker did try blackmail in mild of the settlement the tabloid signed as a part of the Michael Cohen case.
The settlement to not prosecute them might be tossed out if AMI is just not as “pure as Caesar’s wife for the next three years,” the analyst added. “If they’re prosecuted for being a part of the Michael Cohen conspiracy—dangerous information for the president.”
In December, Cohen, Trump’s former legal professional and “fixer,” was sentenced to 3 years in jail after he pleaded responsible to a number of federal crimes, together with tax evasion, mendacity to Congress and campaign-finance violations. AMI was implicated in one of many prices after they admitted to paying $150,000 to achieve unique rights to former Playboy mannequin Karen McDougal’s story of an alleged affair with Trump—a “catch and kill” settlement—to be able to kill her story amid the 2016 presidential marketing campaign.