The National Enquirer is for sale, and a deal seems near

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WaPo also noted AMI is under "intense pressure because of the Enquirer's efforts to tilt the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump" and its very public feud with Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos as additional reasons the Enquirer is struggling.

Implicitly referring to the boost from the Bezos scandal on the brands, American Media President and CEO, David J. Pecker said in a statement: "Because of this focus, we feel the future opportunities with the tabloids can be best exploited by different ownership".

In February, Washington Post owner and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accused American Media LLC of extortion and blackmail by threatening to publish potentially embarrassing personal photos of him. Pecker is a Trump ally.

That deal may be in jeopardy now that prosecutors are looking into the circumstances of the Enquirer's reporting about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

AMI, Pecker and the National Enquirer have been embroiled in controversies surrounding President Trump.

Eventually, prosecutors signed a non-prosecution agreement with AMI during the Cohen probe and the company committed that it would provide cooperation in the future and stay out of trouble.

Bezos said the tabloid promised not to publish the photos if he stopped his private investigators from trying to find out how the tabloid obtained the texts.

It's not clear whether federal prosecutors have independent evidence to corroborate the claim that the Saudis hacked Bezos's phone or had any connection to the National Enquirer's story on his affair.

In addition to the National Enquirer, American Media said it was also considering selling two other brands, Globe and National Examiner. "Despite the false and unsubstantiated claims of Mr.de Becker, American Media has, and continues to, refute the claims that the materials for our report were acquired with the help of anyone other than the single source who first brought them to us", the company said.

Melchiorre controls the $4 billion hedge fund Chatham Asset Management, which holds an 80 percent stake in American Media Inc.

An AMI spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.

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