US Senator Bob Menendez and his wife have been charged with bribery over their relationship with New Jersey businessmen. The indictment alleges that Menendez used his power and influence as a senator to seek to protect and enrich the businessmen in exchange for thousands of dollars in bribes.
If Sen Bob Menendez & his wife can be indicted on bribery counts – Clarence Thomas & his wife can be indicted on bribery counts. pic.twitter.com/djVTbfKkjt
— anyone_want_chips (@anyonewantchips) September 22, 2023
The charges could have a significant impact on Democrats’ efforts to keep their slim majority in the Senate next year. Menendez is the chair of the influential Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and he has been an important ally to President Biden on foreign policy issues.
We aren’t going to have rallies, protests and GoFundMe legal defense fund pages for Bob Menendez. We aren’t going to sell ‘Free Bob’ hats and shirts. We aren’t going to make rap videos for him. We aren’t going to try and defund the prosecutor.
Because we aren’t Republicans.
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) September 22, 2023
The indictment contains evidence of a wide range of bribes, including cash, gold bars, a job with minimal requirements, and a luxury vehicle. Prosecutors also allege that Menendez used his official position to pressure the US Department of Agriculture to allow one of the businessmen to keep his monopoly on the export of halal food from the United States to Egypt.
— Sara Spector (@Miriam2626) September 22, 2023
Menendez has denied the charges and said he plans to seek re-election next year. However, the investigation could complicate Democrats’ efforts to hold onto their majority in the Senate.
The indictment is the third time Menendez has been investigated by federal prosecutors. He has never been convicted.
JUST IN: 🇺🇸 US Senator Bob Menendez accepted bribes in gold bars worth up to $400,000 in exchange for help with a criminal case, federal prosecutors claim. pic.twitter.com/iWSHYoUCRI
— Watcher.Guru (@WatcherGuru) September 21, 2023
This is wild: Democratic Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez), who was indicted today, seems to be really living large: Over $480,000 in cash, stuffed into envelopes and hidden in clothing, closets, and a safe, while over $70,000 was found in Nadine Menendez’s safe deposit… pic.twitter.com/acUFOgUdPe
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) September 22, 2023