Aug 3, 2017 - World

Netanyahu tied to "bribery, fraud, and breach of trust" case

Amir Cohen / AP

Israeli police confirmed for the first time today that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is involved in an investigation concerning "bribery, fraud, and breach of trust" with a gag order preventing news agencies from reporting on details surrounding the case, though it did not directly name him as a suspect, per Bloomberg.

The accusations: Netanyahu allegedly offered to cripple a daily newspaper partially funded by American Sheldon Adelson in order to receive positive coverage from another. Additionally, Netanyahu is alleged to have accepted lavish gifts, like cigars and champagne, from wealthy supporters.

Sound familiar? Netanyahu's office issued a statement saying that the allegations are "a witch hunt intended to topple the government."

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