The lawyer for the chairman of the National Enquirer\u2019s parent company said there wasn\u2019t any blackmail, extortion or political motivation involved in the fight between the tabloid and Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. Photos and other details about Bezos\u2019s extramarital affair came from \u201ca reliable source\u201d known to Bezos - and not from President Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia or Trump adviser Roger Stone, said Elkan Abramowitz, an attorney for David Pecker, the chairman of American Media Inc. \u201cIt was a usual story that National Enquirer gets from reliable sources,\u201d Abramowitz said on ABC\u2019s \u201cThis Week\u201d on Sunday. He didn\u2019t name the source. \u201cIt absolutely is not extortion and not blackmail.\u201d It doesn\u2019t look that way to everyone. Also read|\u00a0\u2018Don\u2019t assume you are Ok\u2019: Amazon owner Jeff Bezos\u2019s selfie leak triggers alarm for Billionaires \u201cAMI is in a world of hurt,\u201d said Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Securities who has covered Amazon for years. In a public blog post Feb. 7, Bezos published letters from lawyers representing AMI who demanded he drop a private investigation into the company - or else it would publish more embarrassing photographs about him. Bezos accused the National Enquirer publisher of extortion. His post referenced Pecker\u2019s connections with the Saudis and suggested more would come to light. The Amazon founder, who owns the Washington Post, also appeared to be making references to his paper\u2019s aggressive investigation of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote for the paper, and the seeming reluctance of the Trump administration to hold Saudis responsible despite that assessment by the intelligence community. Abramowitz suggested the letters were an attempt to resolve differences because Bezos didn\u2019t want another story about him and AMI \u201cdid not want to have the libel against them that this was inspired by the White House, inspired by Saudi Arabia or inspired by the Washington Post.\u201d By emphasizing that the story about Bezos having an affair was already in the public domain, \u201cAbramowitz was in essence admitting that they were trying to extort a statement from the owner of the Washington Post,\u201d said Ted Boutrous, a partner at the Gibson Dunn law firm in Los Angeles. \u201cThat\u2019s really a significant problem for the National Enquirer.\u201d Bezos blackmail charge intensifies proxy war with Trump Pecker has gotten himself in - and out - of much trouble over the years. But fighting with Bezos may be a step too far. It\u2019s doubtful Bezos is willing to let the matter drop. Rather than pay hush money he certainly could afford as the world\u2019s richest person, he said he\u2019d rather risk embarrassment of the publication of intimate messages or pictures - including those \u201cunder the belt\u201d - than \u201ccapitulate to extortion or blackmail.\u201d Bezos is probably mulling whether AMI will now be in deeper trouble with prosecutors - or whether he will draw from his deep pockets to destroy them on his own. Or both. Cooperation Deal Federal prosecutors are reviewing the National Enquirer\u2019s handling of its story about Bezos to determine whether the company violated an earlier cooperation deal with prosecutors, according to two people familiar with the matter. AMI agreed not to commit crimes as part of that deal to avoid prosecution over hush-money payments to women who claimed relationships with Trump. Michael Cohen, Trump\u2019s former lawyer, played a pivotal role in some of the payments and has pleaded guilty to related charges. Asked whether he\u2019s worried that the Bezos revelations have put the cooperation agreement in jeopardy, Abramowitz responded, \u201cabsolutely not.\u201d Abramowitz also said while AMI has sought financing from the Saudis, it \u201cnever obtained any, doesn\u2019t have any Saudi Arabian finance.\u201d Bezos said last month that he and his wife, MacKenzie, were divorcing, in an announcement that came just hours before the Enquirer reported that Bezos had been having a relationship with another woman. Bezos hired a private investigator, Gavin de Becker, to learn how the texts were obtained and \u201cto determine the motives for the many unusual actions taken by the Enquirer.\u201d Someone Close Abramowitz dangled a tantalizing new detail. He said Bezos did in fact know who the source of the story was. \u201cIt was somebody close\u201d to both Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, he told ABC\u2019s George Stephanopoulos. Abramowitz refused to confirm or deny speculation that the source was Bezos girlfriend\u2019s brother, Michael Sanchez, a Trump supporter who is close to the recently-indicted political operative Roger Stone. He reiterated that it was a legitimate offer to call off the feud for mutual benefit. \u201cEach side had something that they wanted,\u201d Abramowitz said.