The New Jersey legal professional common has obtained data from the Bogota, New Jersey, police division and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Workplace associated to a deadly 2018 automobile crash involving Nadine Arslanian Menendez, the spouse of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, The New York Instances reported Friday.
The New Jersey legal professional common’s workplace would neither verify nor deny the investigation to CNN.
Nadine Menendez, who on the time of the crash was courting the senator, was questioned after the incident and it was concluded she was not at fault for the crash, a Bogota police report says.
The pedestrian killed in the course of the incident, Richard Koop, had been jaywalking, in line with the police report.
Menendez was launched with no summons and allowed to go away the scene of the crash. Sprint digital camera footage reveals her being interviewed by police roughly half-hour after the crash.
The Bogota PD has not returned calls in search of remark, and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Workplace declined to offer any info on the legal professional common’s inquiry.
In line with NBC New York and The New York Instances, the inquiry began a day after experiences of the accident first emerged Wednesday.
The NJAG public integrity unit will assessment the data from the Bogota police division and the county prosecutor’s workplace to see if the investigation into the crash was dealt with appropriately, the Instances reported.
In line with earlier reporting by The New York Instances, Menendez was by no means examined for medicine or alcohol after the crash and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Workplace declined to cost her.
“This can be a case of a tragic accident, however Nadine Menendez was not at fault, didn’t violate any legal guidelines, and was subsequently not charged with any crimes. The actual fact of the accident has nothing to do with the allegations within the present indictment towards Ms. Menendez,” Menendez’ legal professional David Schertler mentioned in a press release to CNN.
The assertion continues, “We’re assured that any ‘re-opening’ of an investigation into the accident will verify that conclusion.”
The not too long ago uncovered details about the 2018 automobile crash provides new context to the federal indictment launched final month towards Nadine Menendez, her senator husband and three others.
In line with the indictment, Nadine Menendez was concerned in a automobile accident round December 2018 that left her with no automobile.
The indictment goes on to allege that two of the co-defendants within the case, Wael Hana and Jose Uribe, “provided after which helped to purchase” a brand new Mercedes-Benz convertible price greater than $60,000 for Nadine Menendez in change for Sen. Menendez’s interference in a New Jersey state prison prosecution of one in every of Uribe’s associates and a associated state prison probe involving one in every of Uribe’s workers. In line with the indictment, Sen. Menendez agreed to disrupt the prison issues in New Jersey.
Each Bob and Nadine Menendez have pleaded not responsible to all three counts they face as a part of the alleged bribery conspiracy. The opposite three co-defendants have additionally denied the costs.
Chatting with reporters Wednesday on Capitol Hill, Sen. Menendez addressed the automobile crash.
“That was a tragic accident,” the Democrat mentioned. “Clearly, we consider the household.”