Here's a complexifier for you: the parent company of the National Enquirer, under fire from Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos after it mounted an extortion campaign against him linked to nude photos, uses Amazon Web Services for at least part of its technology infrastructure.
American Media Inc. says in a statement issued Friday it "acted lawfully" while reporting the story.
Bezos accused the Enquirer and its publisher David Pecker, a Trump ally, of extortion in a bid to end that probe.
Last month, the Enquirer reported that Mr Bezos sent "sleazy text messages and gushing love notes" to Ms Sanchez, months before Mr Bezos announced he was splitting up with his wife, MacKenzie.
"They said they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn't stop our investigation", Bezos wrote on Medium.
"Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail", Bezos said, "I've made a decision to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten".
In it, AMI proposed a public acknowledgment from Mr Bezos and Mr de Becker that "they have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that (AMI's) coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces". Trump has been highly critical of Bezos and the Post's coverage of the White House.
Reporters for the Enquirer followed Mr Bezos and Ms Sanchez "across five states and 40,000 miles" and "tailed them in private jets, swanky limos, helicopter rides, romantic hikes, five-star hotel hideaways, intimate dinner dates and "quality time" in hidden love nests", the tabloid said in its story.
Bezos, the world's richest person, owns The Washington Post, a frequent target of Trump as he assails the USA media as "enemy of the people" and a source of fake news. That included a US$150,000 payment by AMI to silence former Playboy model Karen McDougal about her alleged affair with Trump.
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AMI has ties to Saudi Arabia, predominately in connection with Trump, as well. AMI has entered into a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors in NY and is cooperating in the investigation into its payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal to suppress a story about her claimed affair with Trump.
Mr Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen - who facilitated the hush money at the direction, he says, of Mr Trump - has already admitted violating campaign finance laws.
'As a part of the agreement, AMI admitted that it made the $150,000 payment in concert with a candidate's presidential campaign, and in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election, ' NY officials said previous year.
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Bezos quoted the email allegedly sent by Dylan Howard to Martin Singer.
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Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Noah Shachtman also tweeted that his publication and a member of staff had been threatened by AMI attorneys over their stories reporting that Bezos' investigator, Gavin de Becker, suspected that the leak of Bezos' personal texts to the National Enquirer was politically motivated. Lauren's brother, Michael Sanchez, feels the same way too.
Mr Sanchez, a publicist who lives in West Hollywood, has strongly rejected involvement. De Becker told media that the leak was politically motivated.