Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and his wife have been indicted by a federal grand jury on bribery charges, according to court filings unsealed Friday.
These bribery allegations are a result of an extensive public corruption investigation conducted by the Justice Department over several years.
The unsealed indictment, disclosed on Friday, outlines accusations against both Senator Menendez and his wife, Nadine Menendez, concerning their interactions with three businessmen from New Jersey.
The 39-page indictment asserts that the couple accepted substantial sums of money in exchange for wielding the senator’s influential power to enrich three prominent businessmen – Wael Hana, Jose Uribe, and Fred Daibes – while allegedly advancing the agenda of Egypt’s government.
The purported bribes, as outlined in the charging document, encompassed a wide array of illicit benefits, including cash payments, gold, contributions towards a residential mortgage, compensation for a job with minimal or no actual work, the provision of a luxury vehicle, and other valuable items.
Perhaps even more astonishing, prosecutors have included photographic evidence showcasing bundles of cash and two seized gold bars.
These items are alleged to have been discovered during a raid on the Menendez residence and a safe deposit box in June 2022, further intensifying the gravity of the accusations.