US Senator Bob Menendez, who is already facing corruption charges, has been accused of acting as a foreign agent of Egypt. The new indictment alleges that Menendez and his wife Nadine provided “sensitive US government information” that benefited Egypt’s government. This comes after the couple was previously accused of bribery, to which they pleaded not guilty. Menendez has denied any wrongdoing and called the accusations false.
In September, prosecutors charged Menendez and his wife with accepting bribes, including cash, gold, payments toward a home mortgage, and a luxury vehicle, from three businessmen in New Jersey. The scheme allegedly aimed to use Menendez’s influence to increase US aid and military sales to Egypt. During a search of Menendez’s New Jersey home, investigators found $480,000 in cash and 13 bars of gold bullion worth an estimated $155,000, according to prosecutors.
The new indictment, filed by New York federal prosecutors on Thursday, alleges that Menendez used his influence and power to benefit the government of Egypt. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Menendez allegedly encouraged fellow senators to lift a hold on $300 million in aid to Egypt and provided sensitive US government information to the Egyptian government. The conspiracy is said to have occurred between January 2018 and June 2022.
More than 30 Senate Democrats, including fellow New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, have called on Menendez to resign. Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman has urged the Senate to bring a resolution to expel Menendez from the chamber in light of the new charges.
Menendez, 69, has defended himself against the new charges, stating that piling new charges does not make the allegations true. He emphasized his loyalty to the United States and denied any wrongdoing.
The indictment alleges that public officials, including members of Congress, are prohibited from acting as agents of foreign principals required to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).