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Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez goes on trial in New York on federal corruption charges

  

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Via:  hallux  •  one week ago  •  35 comments

By:   Ryan Lucas - NPR

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez goes on trial in New York on federal corruption charges

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Sen. Robert Menendez   goes on trial Monday for allegedly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, including bars of gold, in exchange for using his position as a powerful member of Congress to benefit three New Jersey businessmen as well as the governments of Egypt and Qatar.

Menendez, a three-term Democratic senator from New Jersey, faces 16 criminal counts, including bribery, obstruction of justice, acting as a foreign agent and honest services wire fraud.   He has pleaded not guilty , and says that he is being targeted because he is a prominent Latino.

He faces trial alongside two co-defendants, Egyptian-American businessman Wael Hana and real estate developer Fred Daibes, while a third businessman, Jose Uribe, pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the government. Menendez's wife, Nadine, was also charged but will face trial separately.

After he was indicted, Menendez stepped down from his role as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a powerful post that gave him influence over foreign military sales and financing.   Despite calls to step down entirely , he has professed his innocence,   refused to resign   from the U.S. Senate and is still running for re-election this fall —   though not as a Democrat .

This is not the first time Menendez has faced legal peril. He was indicted in 2015 on unrelated federal corruption and bribery charges, which he fought and took to trial. That case was   declared a mistrial   after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Menendez has vowed he will prevail in this prosecution as well. This case will be heard by a federal jury in Manhattan, unlike his previous trial which was in his home state of New Jersey. Jury selection begins Monday, and the trial is expected to last up to two months.

The prosecution's case


The indictment describes a complex bribery scheme that allegedly ran from 2018 to 2023. Prosecutors say that Menendez and his wife accepted bribes from the three businessmen, including gold bullion, a Mercedes Benz convertible and cash. In exchange, Menendez allegedly agreed to take action to protect and enrich the trio, as well as to secretly benefit Egypt and Qatar.


The alleged scheme contains various threads that were all intertwined.

One revolved around Hana, who prosecutors say had close contacts with Egyptian officials and had been friends with Nadine Menendez for years.

The indictment says Menendez promised to use his power and authority to facilitate military sales and financing to Egypt. In return, Hana promised, among other things, to put Nadine Menendez on the payroll of his company for a "low-or-no-show job."

Prosecutors say Menendez provided sensitive U.S. government information to Egyptian officials, with Hana acting as a middleman of sorts. Menendez also allegedly edited and ghost-wrote a letter on behalf of Egypt aimed at convincing U.S. senators to lift a hold on $300 million in aid to Egypt. He also signed off on foreign military aid to the country.

Hana, meanwhile, had secured a monopoly from the Egyptian government on certifying U.S. food exported to Egypt as halal. That monopoly, prosecutors say, was highly lucrative for Hana and his business, but it raised the cost of halal certification for U.S. meat suppliers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture contacted the Egyptian government with concerns about the monopoly.

Gold bars


According to the indictment, Menendez—at Hana's request—intervened to protect Hana's business by calling a senior U.S. Department of Agriculture official and demanding the department "stop interfering" with Hana's monopoly.

The thread related to Qatar revolves around another co-defendant, Fred Daibes.

According to the indictment, Daibes was trying to secure a multimillion-dollar investment from a Qatari investment company, and he enlisted Menendez's help to do so.

Prosecutors say Menendez made "multiple public statements supporting the Government of Qatar," and then gave them to Daibes to show the Qatari investor and a Qatari government official. In return for allegedly using his influence as a senator to help Daibes, the indictment says Menendez received gold bars and cash from the businessman.


FBI agents recovered gold bars, as well as $480,000 in cash, during a court-authorized search of Menendez's home in New Jersey. Some of the gold bars bore serial numbers indicating they'd previously been owned by Daibes.

The indictment says stacks of cash were found in jackets with Menendez's name stitched on them. Some envelopes of cash found at the home had Daibes' fingerprints on them, according to court papers.

In addition to those actions, prosecutors allege Menendez also used his influence as a senator to intervene in investigations or prosecutions at the state and federal level.

In one instance, they say he tried to intervene in a New Jersey state criminal prosecution of an associate of one of the businessmen, Jose Uribe, by calling a senior investigator and urging that the matter be resolved.

In another instance, Menendez allegedly took action to intervene in a federal prosecution of Daibes.

Menendez's defense


Menendez has said that he has worked tirelessly over his career as a public servant, and he's claimed that he'd being targeted because of his Cuban heritage.

In a news conference after his indictment, Menendez told reporters that "prosecutors get it wrong sometimes."

On the cash found at his home, Menendez said that he has withdrawn thousands of dollars in cash from his personal savings for potential emergencies. It's a habit, he said, drawn on "the history of my family facing confiscation in Cuba." Menendez was born in New York to parents who had immigrated from Cuba.

"I firmly believe that when all the facts are presented, not only will I be exonerated, but I still will be New Jersey's senior senator."


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Hallux
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1  seeder  Hallux    one week ago

Notwithstanding current 'theories' of a two-tiered justice system favoring democrats, Menendez et al will be going down for the count.

As to: On the cash found at his home, Menendez said that he has withdrawn thousands of dollars in cash from his personal savings for potential emergencies. It's a habit, he said, drawn on "the history of my family facing confiscation in Cuba." Menendez was born in New York to parents who had immigrated from Cuba.

Sorry Bob, but that was Fani's card and she played it first.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  Hallux @1    one week ago

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Texan1211
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1.1.1  Texan1211  replied to  devangelical @1.1    one week ago

What would the benefit be to read defenses of yet another Democrat fuck up?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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1.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @1.1    one week ago

It could get interesting....

 
 
 
Hallux
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1.1.3  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.1    one week ago

The same benefit from reading defenses of Republican arsewipes? So far 7 of his advisors have received jail sentences. Include Nixon and Reagan with Trump and the 'big 3' democrats, Clinton, Obama and Biden, look like angels.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.4  Texan1211  replied to  Hallux @1.1.3    one week ago

boring.

 
 
 
Hallux
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1.1.5  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.4    one week ago

Kudos for being honest enough to self-deprecate.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.6  Texan1211  replied to  Hallux @1.1.5    one week ago

thanks for your ability to read what isn't there.

 
 
 
Hallux
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1.1.7  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.6    one week ago

Quite the basket of excuses you tote around ... someone has to point out your ability to write "what isn't there". 

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.8  Texan1211  replied to  Hallux @1.1.7    one week ago

a nonsensical retort.

 
 
 
Hallux
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1.1.9  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.8    one week ago

Comes with having read all of O.W. more than several times. You should try it.

 
 
 
Krishna
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1.2  Krishna  replied to  Hallux @1    5 days ago
Menendez said that he has withdrawn thousands of dollars in cash from his personal savings for potential emergencies.

WTF? Don't tell me that Trump was the only one who slept with Stormy Daniels and had to pay to cover it up!  jrSmiley_26_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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2  Greg Jones    one week ago

By golly, he's being charged with real crimes, unlike a well known businessman.

 
 
 
George
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2.1  George  replied to  Greg Jones @2    one week ago

It's amazing, the republicans removed Santos for far less than Menedez or Cruellar are charged with. I guess the democrats in Congress are showing us their total lack of ethics.

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.1.1  devangelical  replied to  George @2.1    one week ago

oh, the irony...

 
 
 
Hallux
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2.1.2  seeder  Hallux  replied to  devangelical @2.1.1    one week ago

It's a first name issue. @!@

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.1.3  Kavika   replied to  George @2.1    one week ago

I'm sure that the Republicans removed Santos for being a ''Drag Queen'' not for any real crime. They threw the bible at him....

George Santos dons red lipstick as he brings back drag alter ego ‘Kitara’ in Cameo video

George Santos   donned red lipstick, a wig, and a red feather boa as he resurrected his drag queen persona for the first time in 18 years.

The former   New York   congressman   released his first five videos to a Cameo account for his character “Kitara Ravache”.

Santos announced on Monday (29 April) he was bringing Kitara “out of the closet” for a “limited time”.

The politician previously denied dressing in drag when images were first uncovered, but later admitted it was him in the pictures.

 
 
 
George
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2.1.4  George  replied to  Kavika @2.1.3    one week ago

Your deflection is noted, there is no defense for the pieces of shit democrats who will not stand up and expel members for far less that the republicans expelled Santos for, No Integrity/ No honor should be the new DNC tag line. 

 
 
 
Hallux
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2.1.5  seeder  Hallux  replied to  George @2.1.4    one week ago
Your deflection is noted

You might want to point that out to the person who first mentioned him.

 
 
 
George
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2.1.6  George  replied to  Hallux @2.1.5    one week ago

Mine wasn't a deflection, so a fail on your part, my was accurately pointing out how the republican party dealt with a representative that had been investigate and charged with crimes, the democrats allow their criminals to serve. they are by definition pieces of unethical shit. 

 
 
 
Hallux
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2.1.7  seeder  Hallux  replied to  George @2.1.6    one week ago

FFS George, enough with the dirge of excuses, the article is entirely about Menendez, not the republican holier than thou Santos who had he been a democrat would have been reviled by your pals daily for months on end. In the entire history of articles about Menendez I recall nadda support for him by any NTer on the left.

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.1.8  Kavika   replied to  George @2.1.4    one week ago
Your deflection is noted, there is no defense for the pieces of shit democrats who will not stand up and expel members for far less that the republicans expelled Santos for, No Integrity/ No honor should be the new DNC tag line. 

George, George you're a day late and a dollar short as usual. It was you who brought up Santos and Cueller, neither of them were in the article. I simply followed up on Santos giving additional information for your consumption. 

You must have had a memory lapse as far as Dems throwing out some of their own. 

Cheers.

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.1.9  devangelical  replied to  George @2.1    one week ago
I guess the democrats in Congress are showing us their total lack of ethics.

menendez isn't running for re-election as a democrat.

 
 
 
George
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2.1.10  George  replied to  devangelical @2.1.9    one week ago

But he is still serving as one. showing that the democrats have the ethics of a trump supporter. One in the same.

 
 
 
MrFrost
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2.2  MrFrost  replied to  Greg Jones @2    one week ago
By golly, he's being charged with real crimes

It's a political witch hunt, political activist judges. What crimes did he commit? Where is the evidence? 

(Did I miss any of your excuses?)

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.2.1  devangelical  replied to  MrFrost @2.2    one week ago

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Drinker of the Wry
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2.2.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  MrFrost @2.2    one week ago
(Did I miss any of your excuses?)

You forgot Hispanic prejudice.

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.2.3  devangelical  replied to  MrFrost @2.2    6 days ago

he lives in the barrio...

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3  Trout Giggles    one week ago

He should have already resigned. If he's convicted I hope they throw the book at him

 
 
 
George
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3.1  George  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    one week ago
He should have already resigned.

To do that he would have to have some integrity, If Schumer and his fellow democrats had any they would have started the process to expel him.

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1.1  devangelical  replied to  George @3.1    one week ago
  Despite calls to step down entirely , he has professed his innocence,   refused to resign   from the U.S. Senate and is still running for re-election this fall —   though not as a Democrat .

... reading is fundamental.

 
 
 
George
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3.1.2  George  replied to  devangelical @3.1.1    one week ago

And again, he is still serving as a democrat, and they are allowing him to do so.

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1.3  devangelical  replied to  George @3.1.2    6 days ago

presumed innocent until proven guilty, decided by a jury of his peers...

 
 
 
bugsy
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3.1.4  bugsy  replied to  devangelical @3.1.3    6 days ago

.Hilarious coming from someone who declares any Republican guilty of pretty much anything they have been accused of and even things they have never been accused of......only because they are "xtian thumpers", whatever that is

 
 
 
George
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3.1.5  George  replied to  bugsy @3.1.4    6 days ago

It would actually be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

 
 

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