Sen. Bob Menendez, Wife Indicted on Federal Bribery Charges
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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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From the CenterSen. Bob Menendez Indicted on Federal Bribery Charges
Sen. Bob Menendez and his wife were indicted on bribery and related offenses Friday, connected to the New Jersey lawmaker’s relationship with three businessmen.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan alleged that Menendez, a Democrat, and his wife accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for using the senator’s influence to benefit the businessmen and the Egyptian government.
The bribes included cash, gold, a luxury vehicle and payments toward a home mortgage, according to the indictment.
Prosecutors are expected to hold a news conference announcing the charges at 11 a.m. in Manhattan.
From the LeftSen. Bob Menendez indicted over gifts of gold bars, car, apartment
A federal grand jury in New York has returned a sweeping indictment against United States Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., chairman of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee.
The investigation focused on a luxury car, gold bars and an apartment allegedly received by Menendez and his wife, Nadine Arslanian. His wife was also indicted.
The indictment charges Menendez, 69, and his wife with having a corrupt relationship with three New Jersey businessmen -- Wael Hana, Jose Uribe and Fred Daides.
The indictment accuses Menendez and his wife of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars...
From the RightDemocratic Sen. Bob Menendez facing indictment on bribery charges
Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez is being charged with bribery offenses in a federal indictment out of the Southern District of New York to be unsealed Friday, prosecutors announced.
"A press event will be held today at 11:00 a.m. to announce the unsealing of an indictment charging Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator from New Jersey, and his wife, Nadine Menendez, with bribery offenses in connection with their corrupt relationship with three New Jersey businessmen," the U.S. attorney's office posted on X.
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