Sen. Bob Menendez deals with brand-new blockage of justice charges

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Sen. Bob Menendez faces new obstruction of justice charges

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Sen Bob Menendez, D-N.J., is seen after the senate luncheons in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, January 23,2024

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New blockage of justice criminal activities were included Tuesday to charges versusSen Bob Menendez and his spouse that declare they accepted gold bars, money and a high-end vehicle in return for prefers the senator performed to help 3 business owners.

The brand-new charges remained in a reworded indictment returned versus the Democrat in Manhattan federal court.

New charges of conspiracy to block justice and blockage of justice were included versus Menendez and his spouse,Nadine Attorneys for Bob and Nadine Menendez and the other accuseds in the event didn’t instantly react to e-mails asking for remark.

An indictment currently declares that the couple conspired with 3 business owners to accept the kickbacks in return for the senator’s assistance in jobs pursued by the business owners. Both have actually pleaded innocent, in addition to 2 of the business owners. A May trial has actually been arranged.

One entrepreneur pleaded guilty to charges recently and consented to affirm at trial versus the others.

After his fall arrest, Menendez, 70, was required to relinquish his chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee however stated he would not resign from Congress.

According to an indictment, Menendez and his spouse accepted gold bars and money from a property designer in return for the senator utilizing his influence to get that entrepreneur a multimillion-dollar handle a Qatari mutual fund.

Menendez likewise was charged with assisting another New Jersey organization partner get a rewarding handle the federal government of Egypt.

Among the brand-new claims, district attorneys state that Menendez triggered his then-attorney to meet district attorneys last June and September to state that the senator had actually been uninformed till 2022 of a $23,000 payment that a person of the business owners had actually made to the business holding the home mortgage on the Menendez’s New Jersey home or the cash that another offender had actually paid towards a Mercedes-Benz convertible.

Prosecutors declare that Menendez likewise triggered his legal representative to state in the September conference that Menendez in 2022 had actually found out that the payments were loans.

The district attorneys composed that Menendez understood and “had learned of both the mortgage company payment and the car payments prior to 2022, and they were not loans, but bribe payments.”

Prosecutors likewise stated in the reworded indictment that Nadine Menendez triggered her legal representative to inform district attorneys last August that the home mortgage payment and payments for the convertible were loans when she understood they were kickback payments.

The brand-new charges declare that the couple was attempting to block justice in the weeks before they were charged last September with a range of criminal activities.