Senator Menendez Charged with Conspiracy

( – According to a Newsmax October 23 report, New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez entered a not-guilty plea to a fresh indictment that accuses him of conspiring to act as an Egyptian government’s unregistered foreign agent. The liberal leader was accused by federal prosecutors on October 12 of taking actions on behalf of Egyptian intelligence and military officials from the year 2018 to 2022. During the time of this accusation, Menendez was serving as the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

In a statement made on October 12, the New Jersey senator said that “piling” a new charge to a previous one doesn’t make “the allegations true.” He and his wife Nadine were previously accused with accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of gold bars and cash from three businessmen from New Jersey. Investigations revealed that, in return, these three men wanted his influence in the United States legislative branch to benefit the Egyptian government. The businessmen also wanted Menendez to block numerous law enforcement investigations against them.

On September 27, all defendants pleaded not guilty to each of these charges. The senator’s wife and one of the three businessmen named Wael Hana also pleaded not guilty to the foreign agent charge on October 18. Political analysts believe this situation could end Menendez’s political career. Under the US Foreign Agents Registration Act, every person is obliged to register with this department in case they act on behalf of any “foreign principle.”

US prosecutors have claimed that Hana arranged numerous meetings between the Democratic leader and some Egyptian intelligence and military officials, who pressed the senator to sign off on military aid. Prosecutors added that Menendez allegedly put his wife Nadine on the payroll of a firm he owned in return.

The new indictment points out that both Nadine and Hana communicated different directives and requests from these Egyptian military and intelligence officials to the New Jersey senator. So far, he has resisted numerous calls from some Democratic leaders to immediately resign.

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