Senator Menendez Indicted Again: $480k Cash Found in Residence, Second Bribery Charge in Six Years

According to the recently unsealed indictment against Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, federal agents discovered an amount exceeding $480,000 in cash concealed within his residence. Menendez has been charged with bribery for the second time within a span of six years.

In June 2022, federal agents conducted a search on the residence of the New Jersey senator as stated in the indictment. During this search, they discovered what is being referred to as the "fruits" of the alleged bribery agreement that Menendez and his wife, Nadine, were accused of entering into with three businessmen from New Jersey.


The total amount seized during the operation was over $480,000, which consisted of cash that had been concealed in various ways such as being placed inside envelopes and hidden within clothing, closets, and a secure safe.

According to the indictment, it is alleged that the fingerprints of one of the businessmen were discovered on certain envelopes. Additionally, it is stated that these envelopes were found inside jackets that prominently displayed Menendez's name.

In response to the indictment, Menendez made a bold statement asserting that he is being targeted by a deliberate attempt to tarnish his reputation, referring to it as a "smear campaign." Furthermore, he expressed his belief that the prosecutors have distorted the typical duties performed by a Congressional office, thereby misrepresenting his actions.

According to Menendez, the individuals responsible for this campaign are unable to come to terms with the fact that a US senator can emerge from a first-generation Latino American background with modest origins.

Federal prosecutors have accused Menendez, who holds the position of chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of accepting bribes. These alleged bribes were supposedly given to him in exchange for providing undisclosed assistance to the Egyptian government.

The indictment specifically states that the individual in question is accused of providing sensitive information from the US government and engaging in covert actions that supported the Government of Egypt. These actions were allegedly carried out in exchange for various gifts, including gold bars.


In addition, there are allegations against Menendez regarding a plot to grant IS EG Halal Certified, a company based in New Jersey, exclusive rights to halal certification for American food exports to Egypt. According to reports, it has been claimed that Nadine Menendez was offered a position at the company by businessman Wael "Will" Hana, who is known to be a close friend of hers. This position has been described as a "low-or-no-show job."

In 2017, Menendez faced a trial for bribery charges that were completely unrelated to the current situation. After the charges were dropped, Menendez successfully secured re-election in 2018. Next year, he will be facing the possibility of re-election.


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