U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and his wife Nadine were indicted on bribery charges, on Friday. Prosecutors claim that the New Jersey senator and his wife took bribes in the form of cash, gold bars and a luxury car. Menendez was expected to use his influence in foreign affairs in a manner that could benefit the government in Egypt and others after receiving such gifts.
On Friday, the indictment against Menendez and others was unsealed at the Manhattan federal court. The 69-year-old Democratic senator and his 56-year-old wife Nadine have been named in the indictment. Others who have also been indicted include Fred Daibes, a real estate developer, Wael Hanna and Joseph Uribe.
There was a yearlong investigation into the couple. Prosecutors said that a search conducted on the senator’s home yielded gold bars worth $100,000 and $480,000 cash hidden around the home. This is the second time that Menendez is facing criminal charges, though they are unrelated.
Menendez has to step down from his post as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Senate Democratic caucus rules state that a member has to step down from a leadership position if he or she is charged with a felony.
Almost six years earlier, the congressman had also faced claims of corruption unrelated to the new charges. He was tried on charges relating to benefitting a Florida eye surgeon. The jury brought back a hung verdict, in this case.
Menendez is facing reelection in 2024. He has a three-decade lengthy career in the U.S. Senate. He is the son of Cuban immigrants and has held office since 1986. He was elected as the Mayor of Union City in New Jersey in 1986. He was a state legislator. He spent 14 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2006, he was appointed to a senate seat that was vacated by Sen Jon Corzine, who became the governor of the Garden State.
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