Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) was indicted Friday with federal bribery charges.
According to NBC News, documents filed in Manhattan federal court related to the indictment for Menendez and his wife became public Friday.
“The indictment alleges that from 2018 through mid-2022, Menendez and his wife, Nadine, received ‘hundreds of thousands of dollars’ in bribes and used the senator’s influence to enrich three businessmen from New Jersey and benefit the Egyptian government,” NBC News reports.
Menendez, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, faces his second indictment on corruption-related charges in 10 years.
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Prosecutors allege the bribes included gold, cash, home mortgage payments, compensation for a “low-or-no-show job” and a luxury vehicle.Advertisement
This is the second set of corruption charges levied against Menendez by the Justice Department in a decade. He previously fought off conspiracy, bribery and honest services fraud related to alleged personal favors.
Menendez is up for reelection next year. He has been in the Senate since 2006.
Senate Democratic Caucus rules will force Menendez to step aside as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, but he can still serve on the panel.
The outlet shared a statement from the New Jersey senator.
“For years, forces behind the scenes have repeatedly attempted to silence my voice and dig my political grave. Since this investigation was leaked nearly a year ago, there has been an active smear campaign of anonymous sources and innuendos to create an air of impropriety where none exists,” he said.
“The excesses of these prosecutors is apparent. They have misrepresented the normal work of a Congressional office. On top of that, not content with making false claims against me, they have attacked my wife for the longstanding friendships she had before she and I even met,” he added.
Democrat Senator Bob Menendez indicted on bribery charges.
"Over $480,000 in cash—much of it stuffed into envelopes and hidden in clothing, closets, and a safe—was discovered in the home." pic.twitter.com/vh3WM2tuNx
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NBC News added:
Federal agents allege they discovered many of the items when they executed search warrants on the couple’s home in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, in June 2022. They allegedly found more than $480,000 in cash “much of it stuffed into envelopes and hidden in clothing, closets, and a safe,” including jackets bearing the senator’s name that were hanging in his closet, as well as more than $70,000 in Nadine Menendez’s safe deposit box. Agents also allegedly discovered a Mercedes-Benz convertible worth more than $60,000 that a pair of New Jersey businessmen, Wael Hana and Jose Uribe, gave to Nadine Menendez in exchange for the senator’s interference in a state criminal prosecution of Uribe’s associate and investigation into an employee, whom Uribe referred to as a relative.
During the search, federal agents also allegedly found gold bars worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in the home that were provided by Hana and another businessman, Fred Daibes, who along with Uribe were also charged in the indictment.
The indictment alleges that Menendez “provided sensitive U.S. Government information and took other steps that secretly aided the Government of Egypt.” It also said the senator pressured an official at the U.S. Agriculture Department for the purpose of protecting a business monopoly granted to Hana, who is an Egyptian American, by Egypt.