Democrat Sen. Robert Menendez Faces Accusations of Acting as Foreign Agent for Egypt

by | Oct 13, 2023 | News

According to a recent report from The Washington Times, Sen. Robert Menendez and his spouse, Nadine Arslanian Menendez, have been indicted on charges of conspiring as foreign agents for the Egyptian government, federal prosecutors revealed on Thursday. This superseding indictment follows the couple’s not guilty plea to federal bribery and corruption charges last month.

The latest accusations intensify already growing calls from Democrats for Sen. Menendez to step down. Despite the pressure, Menendez vows to complete his term through next year, assuring exoneration from all charges.

The indictment states that the couple allegedly accepted substantial gifts, including about $500,000 in cash, gold bars, and a luxury vehicle from three New Jersey entrepreneurs—Jose Uribe, Fred Daibes, and Wael Hana. These gifts were purportedly exchanged for sensitive information and favors benefiting both the businessmen and the Egyptian government.

The indictment alleges that Sen. Menendez provided sensitive U.S. government information aiding Egypt, while Ms. Arslanian Menendez and Mr. Hana endeavored to connect Egyptian intelligence and military officials with Menendez to forge a corrupt agreement.

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Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer remains one of the few Democrats not urging Menendez’s resignation, as around two-thirds of the caucus believe he should vacate office.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has capitalized on the news, questioning why Schumer hasn’t called for Menendez’s resignation, branding Menendez as “Crooked Bob” in their statement.

The indictment also highlights Menendez’s awareness of foreign agent laws, referencing his May 2022 letters to the Justice Department, requesting an investigation into a potential foreign agent within Congress.

Menendez, previously embroiled in a similar bribery case in 2015 that ended in a mistrial in 2017, was re-elected in 2018. Although he stepped down as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman post-indictment, he continues to serve on the panel, maintaining access to vital foreign policy information and influence over such policies.

This ongoing legal battle marks a critical juncture in Menendez’s political career, potentially influencing both his and the Democratic Party’s standing ahead of the 2024 elections.

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