Senator Bob Menendez

Calls for him to retire from Congress were denied by the New Jersey Democrat and chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has been charged twice since becoming a senator.

Lets see why it’s a bad time for Senator Bob Menendez

According to an indictment filed in Manhattan federal court that was made public on Friday, Senator Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and his wife have been charged with bribery over their alleged acceptance of “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in exchange for the use of the senator’s influence to benefit the Egyptian government and three New Jersey businessmen.

The charges incorporate intrigue to commit pay off, trick to carry out legitimate administrations misrepresentation and scheme to commit blackmail under shade of true right. The pay-offs the couple got included “cash, gold bars, installments toward a home loan, pay for a low-or-flake-out work, an extravagance vehicle and different things of significant worth,” the prosecution claims.

When they carried out search warrants in the couple’s home in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, in June 2022, according to federal authorities, they found many of the things. According to the indictment, they discovered more than $480,000 in cash, “much of it stuffed into envelopes and hidden in clothing, closets and a safe,” including garments with the senator’s name on them that were hanging in his closet. They also allegedly discovered more than $70,000 in Nadine Menendez’s safe deposit box.

Agents allegedly found a Mercedes-Benz convertible valued at over $60,000 that Jose Uribe and Wael Hana, two New Jersey businessmen, allegedly gave to Senator Bob Menendez’s wife in exchange for the senator interfering with a state prosecution of Uribe’s associate and an investigation into a worker who Uribe allegedly referred to as a relative. Federal authorities also discovered gold bars donated by Hana and another businessman, Fred Daibes, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in the senator’s residence. The indictment included charges against all three businessmen.

Senator Bob Menendez Menendez “has rightly decided to step down temporarily” as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee until the situation is resolved, according to a statement released by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday afternoon. Senator Bob Menendez will leave his post on the panel while the issue is still pending, a person close to him had earlier in the day told NBC News.

In a statement, he denied the accusations against him, claiming that the prosecution had “misrepresented the typical work of a Congressional office.”

He declared, “I remain committed to completing this essential task and will not be deterred by unfounded accusations.

Democratic party colleagues have already called for the senator to quit. On Friday, Democrats in Congress, including some from Senator Bob Menendez’s home state, including New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, called for his resignation.

In a statement on Friday night, Menendez rejected those requests, stating that certain individuals were “rushing to judge a Latino and push him out of his seat.”

“I’m not going anywhere” he declared.

David Schertler, Nadine Menendez’s attorney, issued a statement in which he asserted that she “denies any wrongdoing and will vigorously defend against these allegations in court.”

The senator and his co-defendants are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in lower Manhattan’s U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where they will be arraigned later in the day.

At a news conference on Friday, Damian Williams, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, revealed the allegations. Williams pointed out that Senator Bob Menendez’s Senate website states he is not allowed to intervene in criminal cases, influence matters involving private businesses, or persuade an agency to act in someone’s favor. He added, “But we say that Senator Bob Menendez was doing those things behind the scenes for particular people — the people who were bribing him and his wife.

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