The tabloid allegedly paid a former Playboy model Karen McDougal for exclusive rights to her claims that she had had an extramarital affair with Trump and then never published a story - a practice known as "catch and kill". (AMI) said Wednesday that it will likely sell the tabloid in the near future. "Because of this focus, we feel the future opportunities with the tabloids can be best exploited by a different ownership".
American Media is embroiled in a legal battle with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who accused it of "extortion and blackmail", for carrying an article that highlighted his relationship with Lauren Sanchez, a former Los Angeles news anchor.
Bezos himself had suggested in his own online post that he had become the enemy of Saudi Arabia and Trump due to coverage of the murder of Khashoggi in the Washington Post, and pointed out that AMI had long sought to ingratiate itself with both the kingdom and the President.
American Media Inc on Wednesday said it was looking at strategic options for its USA tabloid newspaper the National Enquirer and that it might sell the publication.
That deal may be in jeopardy now that prosecutors are looking into the circumstances of the Enquirer's reporting about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
(National Enquirer via AP) This image shows the front page of the January 28, 2019, edition of the National Enquirer featuring a story about Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' divorce.
A press release claimed over the past two years Us Weekly and Men's Journal had helped them thrive as a publisher. According to critics, that was an effort to tilt the 2016 presidential election result in favor of Trump.
David Pecker, chief executive of American Media, has been a longtime Trump ally and has described the president as a 'personal friend'.
In August, the US attorney's office in Manhattan agreed not to prosecute American Media in exchange for the company's cooperation in its investigation of campaign violations.