Prosecutors Weigh Whether National Enquirer Violated Earlier Agreement

David Pecker, chairman and chief executive of American Media, publisher of the National Enquirer.

Photo: stringer ./Reuters 215 Comments By Nicole Hong Nicole Hong The Wall Street Journal BiographyNicole Hong @nicole_hong Updated Feb. 8, 2019 6:41 p.m. ET Federal prosecutors are examining whether the National Enquirer’s publisher violated an earlier deal to avoid facing campaign-finance charges, according to people familiar with the matter, after Jeff Bezos, founder of Inc. and owner of the Washington Post, accused the tabloid of trying to blackmail him.

The Enquirer’s actions came under government scrutiny after Mr. Bezos wrote a lengthy post Thursday on the web platform Medium detailing recent communications with the tabloid’s representatives.

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