Just two weeks after urging the Biden administration to discontinue working with Saudi Arabia, corrupt New Jersey Democrat Senator Bob Menendez is the subject of a federal criminal investigation — AGAIN.
Federal prosecutors are looking into Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., according to sources familiar with the situation who spoke to ABC News and were later verified by a senator’s adviser.
“The investigation is being conducted by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, the sources said. The exact nature of the investigation was not immediately clear,” according to ABC, which also stated:
“Senator Menendez is aware of an investigation that was reported on today, however he does not know the scope of the investigation. As always, should any official inquiries be made, the Senator is available to provide any assistance that is requested of him or his office.” according to the adviser, Michael Soliman, in a statement made available to ABC News.
Semafor was the first to break the news.
Menendez, the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s chairman, was previously charged with corruption in April 2015 as a result of his association with Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist.
Authorities charged Menendez with accepting nearly $1 million in campaign contributions and opulent gifts from Melgen in exchange for the political favors, including flights on Melgen’s private jet, first-class commercial flights, and a flight on a private plane; numerous vacations at Melgen’s villa in the Dominican Republic; and a hotel room in Paris. Several of Melgen’s girlfriends’ visa applications are allegedly supported by Menendez using his office.
His defense was not guilty. The charges were dropped in 2018 when the trial ended with a deadlocked jury.
Although Melgen was later found guilty of scamming Medicare patients, former President Donald Trump shortened his prison term during his final hours in office.
For The Gateway Pundit, Jim Hoft wrote: “According to CNN, the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is conducting the investigation into Menendez.”
Senator Menendez, a Democrat, was found guilty of bribery in October 2017. He was charged with twelve criminal offenses and accused of taking more than $700,000 in campaign-related funds as well as complimentary hotel stays and airfare worth thousands of dollars.
In the Dominican Republic, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Salmon Melgen attended sex parties, according to four hookers.
Sen. Bob Menendez’s bribery trial’s judge later declared it a mistrial after the jury deliberated for more than a week without reaching a decision.
According to a political advisor to Menendez, the investigation’s extent is unknown, as stated in a statement to CBS News.
According to CBS News:
Robert Menendez, a senator from New Jersey, is the subject of a federal criminal probe in New York, sources and the senator’s campaign consultant told CBS News.
Senator Menendez is aware of an inquiry that was mentioned in today’s news, according to Michael Soliman, a veteran political advisor to the New Jersey Democrat, who spoke to CBS News. He is unaware of the scope of the probe, though. As always, the senator is available to help in any way that is required of him or his office should any official enquiries be made.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Fox News reported two weeks ago that Menendez was urging the Biden administration to halt cooperation with Saudi Arabia, a key ally in the Middle East, after its decision to cut oil production, a move that could benefit Russia as its continues to wage war against Ukraine.
“The United States must immediately freeze all aspects of our cooperation with Saudi Arabia, including any arms sales and security cooperation beyond what is absolutely necessary to defend U.S. personnel and interests,” wrote Menendez, who represents New Jersey and serves as the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
He said the decision made by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC+), a group of oil-exporting nations that includes Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iraq and Iran, would “help underwrite [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s war.” CONTINUE READING…