Headline RoundupSeptember 22nd, 2023

Sen. Bob Menendez, Wife Indicted on Federal Bribery Charges

Summary from AllSides News Team

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and his wife were indicted on federal charges of bribery and related offenses Friday over his relationships with businessmen.

The Details: The charges, filed in U.S. District Court in New York, accuse Menendez of accepting "hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribes in exchange for using [his] power and influence as a Senator to protect and enrich" three New Jersey businessmen, and to benefit the Arab Republic of Egypt.

For Context: Menendez is the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and has held his Senate seat since 2006. In 2015, he was indicted on federal corruption charges, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict and the charges were dropped in 2018. Shortly after, the Senate's ethics panel admonished Menendez, saying his actions "reflected discredit upon the Senate."

How the Media Covered It: Sources across the spectrum covered the news as a top story Friday, and many highlighted previous accusations against Menendez.

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