On Friday, Senator Bob Menendez, a Democratic representative from New Jersey, was indicted on charges involving global corruption. This development comes after Senator Menendez had previously made allegations about former President Donald Trump, asserting that he was “compromised” by the Russian government.
From the Senate floor in February 2019, Menendez expressed “Over the last two years, many of us have grappled with a very difficult question about our President. It’s a question that never before could we even imagine thinking about an American president, let alone saying aloud on the floor of the Senate.”
“I’m talking about the entirely legitimate question of whether Donald Trump could be compromised by the Russian government.”
Menendez further asserted, “It’s more than a legitimate question — it’s the natural question that comes to mind every time we learn more about the links between President Trump, his associates, and the Russian government.”
Senator Menendez delivered an extensive address wherein he expounded upon the accusations levied against President Trump. Additionally, he expressed his concern on the potential presence of corruption, which he said “keeps me up at night.”
On Friday, Senator Menendez was accused by federal authorities on charges of bribery. The allegations include that the senator and his spouse accepted bribes in the form of cash, gold bars, and a luxury vehicle in exchange for engaging in various corrupt activities. These activities include using his political clout in matters related to international affairs to assist the autocratic regime of Egypt.
According to prosecutors, a thorough examination of the residence belonging to the couple revealed the presence of $100,000 worth of gold bars and $480,000 in concealed cash. These allegations have been brought against the 69-year-old Democrat, approximately six years after a previous criminal case against him resulted in a hung jury.
“Federal agents said they discovered many of the items when they executed search warrants in the couple’s home in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, in June 2022. They found more than $480,000 in cash, “much of it stuffed into envelopes and hidden in clothing, closets, and a safe,” including jackets bearing the senator’s name that were hanging in his closet, as well as more than $70,000 in Nadine Menendez’s safe deposit box, the indictment alleges.,” Fox News reported.
Agents also allegedly discovered a Mercedes-Benz convertible worth more than $60,000 that New Jersey businessmen Wael Hana and Jose Uribe gave to Menendez’s wife in exchange for the senator’s interference in a state prosecution of Uribe’s associate and investigation into an employee whom Uribe referred to as a relative. Federal agents also found gold bars worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in the senator’s home that were provided by Hana and another businessman, Fred Daibes. All three businessmen were also charged in the indictment.
Menendez will step down as chair of the Foreign Relations Committee while the case proceeds, a source close to him said Friday. He dismissed the allegations against him in a statement, saying prosecutors have “misrepresented the normal work of a Congressional office.”
In a Friday press statement, Menendez expressed “For years, forces behind the scenes have repeatedly attempted to silence my voice and dig my political grave,” Menendez said Friday in a press release. “Since this investigation was leaked nearly a year ago, there has been an active smear campaign of anonymous sources and innuendos to create an air of impropriety where none exists.”
“To my supporters, friends and the community at large, I ask that you recall the other times the prosecutors got it wrong and that you reserve judgment. I am confident that this matter will be successfully resolved once all of the facts are presented and my fellow New Jerseyans will see this for what it is.”
In the month of April, Menendez initiated the establishment of a legal defense fund with the purpose of assisting in the financial coverage of substantial legal expenses incurred as a result of the federal criminal investigation.
As of this writing Trump has not released any statement or posted on social media regarding the indictment of the high-level Democrat.
On Wednesday, the impromptu arrival of Trump elicited enthusiastic expressions of support, as seen by the resounding chants of “We Love Trump” resonating within the premises of the Bettendorf Pub located in Iowa.
The ex-president is surpassing his Republican contenders and is positioned to commence the 2024 election season on a strong note.
Upon his arrival at the establishment, the ex-president was met with boisterous applause and an abundance of Trump 2024 flags.
Trump’s present at the pub initiated a collective vocalization of the phrases “USA, USA” and “we love Trump,” generating a heightened atmosphere and engendering a captivating display.
The event underwent a metamorphosis, assuming the character of a commemoration of national loyalty, as a result of the former president’s affable handshakes and exchanges with his fervent supporters.
— Margo Martin (@margommartin) September 20, 2023
“We love Trump! We want Trump”
Iowa crowd going crazy for the president.pic.twitter.com/8pqePg6BGh
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) September 20, 2023
Biden has never seen this kind of support.
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