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Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on bribery expenses

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Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., has been indicted on federal bribery expenses, the Justice Division introduced Friday.

 “A press occasion might be held at the moment at 11:00 a.m. to announce the unsealing of an indictment charging Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator from New Jersey, and his spouse, Nadine Menendez, with bribery offenses in reference to their corrupt relationship with three New Jersey businessmen,” the DOJ mentioned in an announcement.

The indictment mentioned Menendez and his spouse, Nadine, obtained “lots of of 1000’s of {dollars}” in bribes and used the senator’s affect to complement a number of businessmen from New Jersey, in addition to the Egyptian authorities. 

The submitting mentioned Menendez obtained money, gold bars, funds towards a house mortgage, compensation for a low- or no-show job, a luxurious automobile and different objects of worth. 

The indictment mentioned Menendez supplied delicate U.S. authorities info and pressured an official on the Agriculture Division for the aim of defending Egyptian-American businessman Wael Hanna and the federal government of Egypt. It mentioned Menendez interfered in an investigation undertaken by the New Jersey legal professional normal into New Jersey businessman Jose Uribe. 

Menendez “promised to and did use his affect and energy and breach his official responsibility to advocate that the President nominate a person for U.S. Legal professional for the District of New Jersey who Menendez believed might be influenced by Menendez with respect to the federal prosecution of Fred Daibes,” a New Jersey developer, the indictment mentioned.

Menendez’s workplace didn’t instantly return a request for remark.

The fees come after a yearlong corruption probe led by Damian Williams, U.S. legal professional for the Southern District of New York.

The federal investigation targeted on whether or not the highly effective Senate Overseas Relations chair and his spouse improperly took money and items together with jewellery, use of a Mercedes-Benz and a luxurious condominium and gold bars value as a lot as $400,000. It additionally scrutinized any actions Menendez may need taken to assist his benefactors.

Menendez has beforehand denied any wrongdoing. “I’m positive it’s going to find yourself in completely nothing,” he mentioned of the probe in Might.

The indictment is the second that Menendez has confronted since being elected to the Senate in 2006.

He was charged in 2015 with illegally accepting favors from a Florida eye physician, together with flights on a personal jet, three nights at a five-star lodge in Paris and greater than $700,000 in political contributions.

The case led to a mistrial after jurors have been unable to achieve a unanimous verdict. Federal prosecutors determined to not retry him.

Menendez is up for re-election subsequent 12 months. In 2018, he was elected to a 3rd time period with 54% of the vote.



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