Protestors shout slogans during a demonstration outside the Israeli Prime Minister's residency in Jerusalem, March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Israeli police questioned Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife as part of an investigation into a corruption case involving the country's telecom giant Friday, casting a shadow on the prime minister's upcoming visit to Washington. Police investigators entered Netanyahu's residence Friday morning. Netanyahu's wife, Sara, was questioned at another location at the same time as the prime minister.It was the first time that Netanyahu, who as prime minister also held the communications portfolio until last year, was questioned over the affair, known as Case 4000 .Netanyahu is also suspected of receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts from billionaire friends and breaking the law while trying to engineer favorable media coverage.In Netanyahu's case, he can retain his office until actually convicted of a crime, which could take years.The norm was Ehud Olmert, who announced he would step down in 2008 because of a mere police investigation – under pressure, ironically, from Netanyahu, then the opposition leader.Netanyahu seems to have no thoughts of doing the same.
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