Sen. Bob Menendez bribery trial set for May 2024

Sen. Bob Menendez bribery trial set for May 2024

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U.S. Senator Robert Menendez is routed by press reporters after leaving the Senate Democratic Caucus, following his arraignment on corruption charges, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., onSept 28, 2023.

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A federal judge on Monday arranged the trial ofSen Bob Menendez of New Jersey and his other half Nadine on bribery and corruption charges to start May 6, 2024.

The couple is charged with taking “hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribes” in exchange for main acts taken by Menendez on behalf of 3 New Jersey organization partners.

“Those allurements consisted of money, gold, payments towards a house mortgage, payment for a low-or-no-show task [for Nadine], a high-end car, and other things of worth,” the federal indictment declares.

Menendez, his other half and the trio of business people will stand trial in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

The couple is charged with 3 counts each: conspiracy to dedicate bribery, conspiracy to dedicate truthful services scams and conspiracy to dedicate extortion under color of main right. The 3 other offenders are charged with the very first 2 of those counts.

Menendez insists he is innocent and has actually declined calls by over half the Democratic Senate caucus that he resign. He has actually implicated district attorneys of twisting “the normal work of a congressional office,” and declares the accusations are an attack on his other half “for the longstanding friendships she had.”

The indictment declares that Menendez for several years utilized his position as chair of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to benefit the 3 organization partners. It likewise declares that the senator “provided sensitive U.S. government information and took other steps that secretly aided the government of Egypt” in exchange for allurements.

Prosecutors stated in court Monday that the case included classified details, and the procedure of selecting a categorized details gatekeeper was underway.

They likewise exposed that their case would rely in part on the contents of 50 electronic gadgets, phones, tablets and computer systems, all of which were acquired through warrants.

A June 2022 FBI raid of Menendez’s Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, house led to the seizure of $480,000 in money. Prosecutors stated they discovered a few of the cash packed into coat pockets, and some still in envelopes that were later on discovered to have the business people’s finger prints still on them.

Damian Williams, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks throughout an interview after revealingSen Robert Menendez was prosecuted on corruption charges at the SDNY workplace in New York City onSept 22, 2023.

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