Leading United States (US) Democratic Party Senator Robert Menendez. Photo/REUTERS
WASHINGTON – Prominent United States (US) Democratic Party Senator Robert Menendez was charged in a federal case over his alleged corrupt relationships with three businessmen.
The indictment, which was announced in Manhattan federal court on Friday (22/9/2023), also names his wife, Nadine, as well as three other suspects, who are allegedly involved in the scheme.
According to the document, the lawmaker and his wife, from at least 2018 to 2022, received “hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for Menendez’s use of power and influence as Senator” to serve the interests of the three businessmen, as well as foreign state actors namely Egypt.
“The bribes included cash, gold, home mortgage payments, compensation for low or no-show work, luxury vehicles, and other items of value,” the indictment states.
A search of Menendez’s home turned up $100,000 worth of gold bullion, as well as nearly $500,000 worth of hidden cash, according to prosecutors.
This new indictment is Menendez’s second corruption scandal during his time in office. In 2015, the senator was indicted in New Jersey on bribery charges in a scheme between him and a wealthy eye doctor.
The medic allegedly exchanged ‘gifts’ worth nearly $1 million for political favors from the senator.
The case ended in a mistrial in late 2017, when the jury failed to reach a verdict.
Menendez has served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since early 2021. He has been an active supporter of sanctions against Russia imposed by the US since the start of the Ukraine conflict, and has repeatedly argued such measures are critical to “limiting Russia’s ability to participate in the global economy, restrict important exports, and…burden the Russian elite.”