Attorney General Opposes Letting U.S. Tycoon Fund Netanyahu’s Legal Defense

Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit announced that he opposes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's request to accept $10 million from U.S. businessman Spencer Partrich, a legal opinion released by the Justice Ministry said Tuesday.

Netanyahu asked the permits committee in the State Comptroller’s Office to allow him accept the funds to help him pay for his legal defense in the three criminal cases in which he has been charged. 

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The prime minister seeks to receive outside funding from his cousin Nathan Milikowsky as well as from Partrich. After convening last month, the panel asked the attorney general for his position, as Partrich is listed as a witness in one of the cases against Netanyahu.

Mendelblit's legal opinion, which was sent to the committee, said that any gift the prime minister receives is given to him as a public servant, and therefore forbidden.