(DailyVantage.com) – Senator Bob Menendez recently addressed the newest indictment against him, claiming the various allegations regarding his time in office are “sensationalized” and inaccurate. The latest indictment against Menedez accuses the senator of taking federal bribes in exchange for gifts to Qatar and working alongside New Jersey businessmen in a real estate project, charges that Menendez vehemently denies. Menendez protested his innocence on the Senate floor, claiming there was no evidence of him taking payments from a foreign country. Menendez also said he’d expose the truth regarding the latest indictment against him during his trial.
While addressing the latest indictment, Menendez also criticized federal prosecutors and accused them of attempting to discredit him. According to Menendez, the federal prosecutors purposefully sensationalized the charges against him to influence the media. Menendez said the prosecutors’ attempt to influence the media was meant to prejudice jurors against him before his criminal trial, preventing a fair outcome for the Democratic senator.
The indictment against Menendez isn’t the only federal charge against the New Jersey senator, as a jury recently indicted Menendez for allegedly working as a foreign agent for the nation of Egypt. Federal prosecutors accused Menendez of taking multiple bribes, totaling several hundred thousand dollars, from Egyptian officials. Prosecutors said that Menendez took the bribes and used his influence and power in Congress to support policies that directly benefited Egypt. Menendez maintained his innocence regarding the Egyptian bribery case and pleaded not guilty to the federal charges.
The latest indictment against Menendez alleges his involvement in a lucrative real estate project between an investor from Qatar and Fred Daibes, a New Jersey businessman. Menendez allegedly supported Qatar’s government publicly before providing his statements to Daibes. Daibes then shared Menendez’s support with an investor from Qatar and an official working for Qatar’s government. The investor then worked out a massive million-dollar project, which included Daibes. Federal prosecutors claim that Menendez received cash for his involvement in the real estate project and his ongoing effort to convince the Qatari investor to work with Daibes.
Menendez is the center of investigations by the FBI and the IRS regarding his alleged involvement in the real estate project. Menendez isn’t the only person investigators charged, as prosecutors accused several New Jersey businessmen of being involved. Among the businessmen charged alongside Menendez are Daibes, Wael Hana, and Jose Uribe. Each of the men pleaded not guilty to the Qatar-related federal charges and is expected to stand trial soon.
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