“New Conspiracy, Obstruction Charges for Sen. Bob Menendez”

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New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez has been indicted on new criminal charges related to alleged years-long bribery schemes involving the governments of Egypt and Qatar. The indictment adds to previous charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, fraud and extortion, and acting as a foreign agent, and provides more details on attempts to cover up the scheme, including misleading information given by lawyers to federal prosecutors. Menendez, who is up for re-election this year, has consistently denied any wrongdoing, accusing prosecutors of targeting him unjustly.


New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez Indicted on New Bribery Charges

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez was indicted Tuesday on twelve additional criminal charges related to a longstanding bribery scheme involving the governments of Egypt and Qatar.

The recent charges follow the guilty plea and cooperation agreement by Jose Uribe, a New Jersey businessman previously indicted alongside Menendez, his wife Nadine, and two others. Learn more about Uribe’s guilty plea here.

Detailed Breakdown of New Charges

The new charges in the superseding indictment include conspiracy, obstruction of justice, public official acting as a foreign agent, bribery, extortion, and honest services wire fraud.

Prior to this, Menendez faced four counts of conspiracy to commit bribery and other crimes. The latest charges add so-called substantive crimes to the previous conspiracy charges. Despite the allegations, Menendez has denied any wrongdoing and criticized prosecutors for targeting him.

Controversial Comments from Menendez

In response to the new charges, Menendez issued a statement: “The government has now falsely alleged a cover-up and obstruction. The latest charge reveals far more about the government than it says about me,” added the Senator.

Previous Allegations and Calls for Resignation

Menendez, who faces re-election this year, was initially charged last year. He is alleged to have received gold bars, cash, and other forms of bribes for helping three businessmen, and the governments of Egypt and Qatar. The Senator is yet to confirm if he will seek another term, but he has rejected calls by fellow Democrats to resign.

Attempts to Cover-Up Bribery Scheme

The new indictment provides further details about alleged attempts to conceal the bribery scheme. Prosecutors claim that Menendez’s then-lawyer provided misleading information in meetings with federal prosecutors. Menendez’s attorney allegedly argued that he was unaware until 2022 of certain payments one of the New Jersey businessmen made.

According to the indictment, checks written by the Senator to repay “loans” were handed over to prosecutors. However, prosecutors allege these were actually bribe payments, and that Nadine Menendez also made false statements to authorities.

After FBI agents searched the Menendez home, Uribe stopped making car payments. Subsequently, Nadine Menendez met with Uribe and discussed what they would say if asked about the car by law enforcement, according to the indictment.

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