The Democrat Party just got rocked by some very bad news.
One of the party’s biggest stars is facing jail time.
And a big-name Democrat senator just got indicted on these stunning criminal charges.
Federal prosecutors indicted New Jersey Democrat Senator Bob Menendez, his wife Nadine and three businessmen in a corruption scheme whereby Menendez allegedly took bribes in exchange for policy favors.
“The three-count indictment, which also charges the senator’s wife and three New Jersey businessmen, accuses him of using his official position in a wide range of corrupt schemes at home and abroad. In one, he sought to benefit the government of Egypt, including secretly providing it with sensitive U.S. government information, while in two others, he aimed to influence criminal investigations of two New Jersey businessmen, one of whom was a longtime fund-raiser for Mr. Menendez,” The New York Times reported.
The allegations contained in the indictment put jaws on the ground.
Prosecutors wrote that federal agents searched Menendez’s residence in June 2022 and discovered $480,000 in cash and $70,000 in Nadine’s safe deposit box.
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In addition, authorities found $100,000 in gold bars stashed in their home.
Prosecutors allege Nadine joked about the haul.
“Some of the envelopes contained the fingerprints and/or DNA of DAIBES or his driver … and was marked with DAIBES’s return address,” the indictment read, with Nadine later texting Daibes that it was “Christmas in January.”
The indictment also alleges that Menendez passed on sensitive information about the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to Egyptian officials.
While the information was not classified, the indictment alleged it could put lives and security at risk if it leaked out into the open.
“Although this information was not classified, it was deemed highly sensitive because it could pose significant operational security concerns if disclosed to a foreign government or if made public,” the indictment added.
Prosecutors also claimed that in 2018 Menendez ghost-wrote a letter to his colleagues in the Senate signed by Egyptian officials that objected to a $195 million arms sale from the Trump administration to Egypt.
In 2019, Menendez allegedly reached out to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to try and squash an investigation into IS EG Halal over allegations the Egyptian government granting the company a monopoly resulted in higher costs from U.S. meat suppliers.
Businessman Jose Uribe allegedly provided Menendez and his wife a Mercedes-Benz C-300 valued at over $60,000 in a transaction that prosecutors claim was a bribe to induce Menendez to block a criminal investigation into his business associates.
The indictment claims Uribe handed Nadine an envelope containing $15,000 in cash which she used as the down payment for the car.
Prosecutors allege Nadine falsified her income to finance the remaining $45,000 and that Uribe paid the monthly installments.
Finally, prosecutors charge that shortly before Joe Biden took office, Menendez interviewed Philip Sellinger for the position of U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
Menendez reportedly told Sellinger “that he hoped that the Candidate would look into [Daibes’] case.”
Menendez allegedly hoped that Sellinger would take it easy on business associate Fred Daibes, who authorities indicted earlier that year.
The Senate confirmed Sellinger in 2021, but Sellinger recused himself from the Daibes case on the grounds that Daibes was a client in his private law practice.
Sellinger’s recusal upset Menendez who allegedly made his displeasure known to his associates.
This is the second time in five years Menendez will stand trial.
Prosecutors dismissed charges in 2018 that Menendez traded vacations and flights on private jets for political favors to a major donor after a jury could not reach a verdict.
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