The owner of the National Enquirer said on Wednesday it was considering selling the tabloid, which has admitted to paying hush money to help U.S. President Donald Trump get elected and been accused of attempting to blackmail Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
The tabloid's parent company has had business dealings with Saudi Arabia.
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. An AMI spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.
Attorneys for Bezos, the world's richest man, have been engaged in negotiations regarding his electronics.
The Washington Post reported yesterday that America Media Inc. was looking to unload its beleaguered tabloid, the National Enquirer. Target Corp. said last week it would raise the minimum hourly wage by a dollar in June to $13 per hour, the third pay hike in less than two years.
Bezos' security team has looked into the matter and believes the Saudis, because of the Post's coverage of the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, tried to extort him through the Enquirer.
AMI has defended its reporting on Bezos' affair with Lauren Sanchez, a former television anchor.
Last year, the tabloid produced a glossy magazine that included 97 pages saluting Saudi Arabia ahead of bin Salman's arrival in the US on a public relations blitz to promote his country.
Amazon remains under fire for what critics say are harsh working conditions in the company's warehouses.
The sale, if it does happen, would likely not be welcomed by president Trump, a friend of AMI CEO David Pecker and a big fan of the supermarket staple.
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.
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.