FBI starts second probe on Menendez bribery scandal: Report

Federal Law Enforcement Officials Launch ​Second ‌Investigation‍ into ​Senator Bob Menendez

Federal law enforcement officials​ have⁣ initiated a second investigation regarding the recent indictment of Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) on federal corruption ​charges. This new‍ investigation, as reported by NBC News, involves the​ FBI conducting a counterintelligence probe alongside⁤ the ongoing criminal case​ against Menendez. The focus of this inquiry is to determine whether Egypt’s intelligence services played⁤ a role in ‌the alleged bribery scheme.

The investigators are particularly interested‍ in understanding if Egypt’s intelligence services ⁢gained access to the senator, who held a prominent position as chairman‌ of the influential Foreign⁢ Relations Committee, through his wife.⁣ The report suggests that this avenue may have been exploited by the ⁤Egyptian intelligence services.

Following his⁣ indictment, Menendez was ⁣compelled to step down from ⁤his​ chairmanship⁤ in ⁤accordance with Senate Democrat bylaws. The federal indictment accuses the senator and his wife ‍of accepting bribes from three businesspeople in exchange for⁣ favorable actions he took as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Department of Justice (DOJ) claims that these ⁤bribes were ⁤intended to ⁢protect‍ the businessmen and benefit‍ Egypt.

The indictment states, “Those bribes included cash, gold, payments toward a home mortgage, compensation for a low-or-no-show job, a luxury⁣ vehicle, and other things of value.” Federal⁣ authorities reportedly ⁢discovered gold bars and nearly $500,000 in cash hidden throughout the senator’s ⁤residence, which they traced back to the businessmen Menendez ‌allegedly​ collaborated with.

If convicted, Menendez could ‌face​ a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison. The charges against him include⁢ conspiracy to⁤ commit bribery, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, and conspiracy to⁣ commit extortion under color of ​official right. Menendez pleaded ⁣not ​guilty ⁣to these charges during his arraignment in Manhattan federal court.

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U.S. Magistrate Judge Ona Wang granted Menendez release on a $100,000 ‍bond but imposed certain restrictions,‌ such‌ as surrendering his passport and limiting his contact with others. Nadine​ Menendez, the senator’s wife, also entered a not-guilty plea, as did the‌ three other⁣ co-defendants in the ​case.

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Daniel Chaitin‍ contributed to⁣ this report.

How can the public demand transparency and accountability⁣ from⁣ federal law enforcement agencies⁤ and⁢ elected officials involved in​ the investigation

Nce services as part of a broader‍ effort to influence US policy towards Egypt and the Middle ⁤East.

Senator‍ Menendez has been ​under scrutiny ⁤since 2015, when he ‍was indicted on charges of accepting lavish gifts and campaign​ contributions from‌ Dr. Salomon Melgen, a wealthy eye doctor⁣ and close friend. Menendez was accused of‌ using his position ‌to benefit ⁤Melgen in various ways, including advocating on his behalf in a Medicare billing dispute and helping obtain visas for Melgen’s⁢ girlfriends.

Despite the initial‍ indictment and subsequent trial in 2017, ⁣which ended​ in a mistrial due to ⁢a hung ‍jury, federal law​ enforcement officials ⁤have decided to reexamine the⁣ case and dig deeper into potential connections ‌between Menendez and foreign intelligence services.

According to NBC ⁢News, the FBI is now investigating whether Egyptian intelligence​ sought to exploit Menendez’s position and influence US policies in favor ⁢of Egypt. The intelligence services may have ​attempted to do so through the senator’s wife,​ who ‍has​ close ties to the Egyptian-American community and has been involved in fundraising activities⁣ for​ Menendez’s campaigns.

This‌ new ​investigation raises concerns about the potential vulnerabilities of US politicians and the influence of foreign intelligence ‍services. If‌ proven true, it would⁤ not⁤ only reflect the extent⁣ to which‍ foreign ⁢actors are willing to⁤ go to shape‍ US policy but also highlight the need for ​greater ‌scrutiny and safeguards within the political system.

It is important to note that ​Senator Menendez has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and has maintained his innocence throughout the⁣ legal proceedings. ​His defense team argues ‌that his actions were driven by a ​sincere friendship with Dr. ‍Melgen rather than ‌any corrupt intent.

While​ it‌ is⁤ crucial ⁢to allow‍ the legal process to run its course and to presume innocence until proven guilty,⁣ these‌ new developments underscore the importance of‌ holding ⁤elected ⁤officials⁣ accountable and ensuring the integrity of our political institutions.

The investigation into Senator‍ Menendez⁣ serves as a reminder that no one⁢ should be above the law, ​regardless of their position ‌or party affiliation. ⁣It is crucial for federal law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate these allegations⁤ and bring any wrongdoers to justice, while also⁣ implementing⁤ measures to prevent similar situations⁢ from occurring in the future.

As ⁤the investigation‌ continues, it is ‌important for the public to stay⁤ informed and⁢ demand transparency from both‍ the ⁤authorities​ and the individuals involved. Upholding ⁢the principles of justice⁣ and⁤ integrity ⁣is essential ​for‍ maintaining the ⁢public’s trust in our ​elected⁤ officials and the democratic process as a whole.



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