Fox News’ Andrew Napolitano warned that an alleged extortion plot against Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos could bring some serious trouble to President Donald Trump too.
Napolitano joined Fox Business’ Stuart Varney on Monday to discuss the current battle between Jeff Bezos and David Pecker, Enquirer publisher and CEO of American Media (AMI). Pecker allegedly tried to extort and blackmail Bezos with a collection of private text messages and photographs from his extramarital affair.
Napolitano concluded that AMI’s alleged conduct “is an act of blackmail because it is an effort to prevent [Bezos] from doing what he has a right to do by the threat of exposing something.
The two went on to talk about the implications of the case.
According to Napolitano, there is suspicion that the White House was involved in the alleged crime.
“Because of the close relationship between [AMI CEO] David Pecker and Donald Trump,” he remarked. “I’ve 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.”
After acknowledging that the allegation against AMI is blackmail and not “extortion,” Napolitano said the company could still be in trouble if their conduct violates the plea agreement Pecker signed for the Cohen case.
“This is very troublesome for AMI because they signed an agreement in the Michael Cohen case. They must be as pure as Caesar’s wife in three years, otherwise the agreement not to prosecute them is no longer in place. If they’re prosecuted for being part of the Michael Cohen conspiracy, bad news for the president.”