FBI agents arrived in Israel to question Psy-Group staff members. The founder of the company, Joel Zemel, has denied the suspicions despite reports of a payment.
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At least two FBI agents were sent to Israel as part of the investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 US presidential election, the New York Times reported on Saturday.
While in Israel, the FBI agents questioned employees of Psy-Group, founded by social networking expert Joel Zemel, which specializes in collecting information and shaping opinion through social media and employs former Israeli intelligence officers.
The American team worked closely with the Israel Police in questioning the staff about the company’s involvement in the formation of public opinion through social networks and seized computers of one of Zemel’s companies.
According to the report, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. met in August 2016 with a small group of people who offered to help Trump win the presidential race against Hillary Clinton. The meeting included Zamel, George Nader, an emissary for two wealthy Arab princes, and Republican donor billionaire Elliott Broidy.
The meeting that was designed to help Trump’s campaign team is at the center of an FBI investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 election, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Zamel’s company had reportedly formulated a proposal for a multi-million-dollar public opinion design program to help Trump win the election. Zamel has since been questioned by Mueller’s team but denied moving forward with the campaign after learning that foreign states, companies or individuals are forbidden from being involved in any US election.
It is not clear at the moment whether the proposal was implemented but Zamel was paid two million dollars after the election by Nader, as claimed in the report.