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New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and wife indicted on bribery charges

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According to the Justice Department, New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez has been accused of allegedly taking bribes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

 we’d like to bring some breaking news into our newsroom right now. New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez has been charged. We know the Senator has been under federal investigation for some time, but we just got confirmation this morning from the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, that he’s been charged in a federal corruption case.

 Later today, a press conference will be held to announce the unsealing of that indictment, which charges the Senator, the senior US Senator from the state of New Jersey, and his wife, Nadine Menandez, with bribery offences in connection with their corrupt relationship with three New Jersey businessmen. In addition, the indictment claims that Menendez

Mr Menendez and his wife accepted gold bars and envelopes of cash from New Jersey businessmen

His wife reportedly received payments in the hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for utilising Menendez’s status and influence as a senator to protect and enrich those persons while also benefiting Egypt’s government. As a result, we anticipate a news conference later this morning. 

Naturally, we’ll have it for you live right here on CBS News, so stay tuned. But, again, if you’re just joining us, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has issued a statement announcing the unsealing of an indictment against New Jersey’s senior senator, Senator Robert Nendez, and his wife.

Mr. Menendez also disputed the charges, claiming that they were politically motivated.

“For years, forces behind the scenes have attempted repeatedly to silence my voice and dig my political grave,” he stated in a long statement. “Since this investigation was leaked nearly a year ago, there has been an active smear campaign involving anonymous sources and innuendos to create an air of impropriety where none exists.”
“I am confident that this matter will be resolved successfully once all of the facts are presented and my fellow New Jerseyans see it for what it is,” he continued.

 

Prosecutors claim in the indictment that Mr. Menendez’s wife conspired with one of the three New Jersey businessmen, Mr. Hana, to introduce the senator to Egyptian intelligence and military officers. According to authorities, Mr. Hana, who is originally from Egypt, exchanged hundreds of text conversations with Mrs. Menendez, which she erased from her cell phone.

According to the accusation, Mr. Hana and Mrs. Menendez struck up a “corrupt agreement” in which the New Jersey businessman gave money in exchange for the senator benefiting the Egyptian government with foreign weapons sales and foreign military finance.

Prosecutors claim that on one occasion, Mr. Menendez covertly ghostwrote a letter on behalf of the Egyptian government in an attempt to persuade other US senators to lift a hold on $300 million in aid to Egypt.

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