Report: Federal Authorities Considering Criminal Charges Against Prominent Democratic Senator
The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly considering bringing criminal charges against Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) after a corruption in
The U.S. Department of Justice considering criminal charges against Senator Bob Menendez
The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly considering bringing criminal charges against Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) after a corruption investigation. The Wall Street Journal has reported that prosecutors are expected to meet with Menendez's lawyers in the coming weeks, indicating that they may have gathered enough evidence to proceed with charges.
Defense lawyers meet with federal prosecutors
In a recent development, defense lawyers for Senator Bob Menendez have met with federal prosecutors to argue against charging their client. These meetings typically take place towards the end of an investigation. The criminal investigation into Menendez initially focused on the awarding of an exclusive contract to a New Jersey-based halal meat business, IS EG Halal, to certify halal exports to Egypt. The investigation began in October last year.
Suspicion surrounding a large contract
The U.S. Agriculture Department is reportedly investigating a large contract awarded to a company with little experience. The suspicion arises from the fact that the company's owners are friends with the wife of Senator Menendez, who holds a powerful position in the Senate and oversees weapons sales to Egypt.
Bribery charges and convictions
In 2015, Senator Menendez was indicted on bribery charges for allegedly accepting various gifts and favors from a Florida physician named Salomon Melgen in exchange for political favors. These gifts included luxury vacations, golf outings, campaign donations, and expensive flights. Melgen was convicted in April of operating a scheme that defrauded Medicare of up to $105 million.
Investigation into allegations of sexual activities
Prosecutors have initiated an investigation into Senator Menendez following allegations in 2012 that he engaged in sexual activities with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. The trial has recently concluded with a split jury, resulting in a mistrial. Stay tuned for further updates on this developing story.