Israel’s defense minister Sunday reportedly called for an investigation into the identity of a top Israeli official embroiled in the case of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
The office of Avigdor Lieberman confirmed Israel Television News Company's report that Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked had gotten the request, according to Haaretz.
In a plea deal between Manafort and the special counsel last Friday, an indictment alleged an unnamed senior Israeli official conspired with Manafort in 2012 to defame then-Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko by accusing her of maintaining ties with anti-Semitic groups, Haaretz reported. Tymoshenko's opponent was a client of Manafort's.
A Mueller spokesman told Haaretz it could not divulge any information about those who are not suspects in the case. But Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said Mueller likely knows the Israeli official's name.
"Manafort is cooperating, so I'm sure Mueller knows the name," Dershowitz said Sunday, Haaretz reported, adding the Israeli official's name was not mentioned in the court documents "because the official probably didn’t do anything illegal."
Earlier Sunday, Labor Party Chairman Avi Gabbay asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to immediately look into whether a foreign agent is operating within the Israeli government, The Jerusalem Post reported.
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