Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey Indicted on Federal Bribery Charges
The indictment ties Menendez to the Egyptian government
Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and his wife have been indicted on bribery charges, Justice Department officials announced Friday morning, detailing what officials said was a corrupt scheme involving gold bars, stacks of cash and using the senator’s powerful position to secretly benefit the Egyptian government.
The indictment lays out wide-ranging abuses of power that the senator and his wife, Nadine Menendez, are accused of committing to help New Jersey business executives in exchange for cash and gifts totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. At one point, Menendez is alleged to have pressed the Biden administration to nominate a U.S. attorney in New Jersey who he thought would be sympathetic to his real estate developer friend who was facing federal fraud charges.
In another instance, Menendez allegedly took meetings with Egyptian military officials as part of an arrangement that secured his wife a “low-or-no-show” job with an Egyptian-American businessman. Both the friend and the businessman are also charged in the indictment.
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