The New Jersey Democrat is going on trial

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The jury will be chosen from more than 100 potential jurors in federal court in New York City.
His wife faces trial in July.
The indictment also alleges Menendez ghostwrote a letter on behalf of the Egyptian government attempting to persuade other senators to lift a hold on $300 million in aid.
For Menendez’s efforts in pressuring an official in one case, New Jersey businessman Jose Uribe and Hana bought Nadine a luxury car, prosecutors say.
In May, Uribe pleaded guilty to seven counts related to the bribery scheme involving Menendez and his co-defendants and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in the case, including by testifying at the trial.
The New Jersey case against Daibes is ongoing.
Menendez allegedly had his attorney at the time say he was originally unaware of the mortgage and car payments, which prosecutors say is false.
Menendez may also attempt to lay the blame for the alleged conspiracy on his wife, Nadine, whose trial was delayed due to a medical issue.

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In order to, among other things, help push US aid and weapons to a foreign government and halt a federal case against one of his co-defendants, a sitting US senator is facing a weeks-long trial over allegations that he accepted bribes in the form of gold bars, cash, and a luxury car.

Senate Democratic Leader Sen. In spite of calls for his resignation, Bob Menendez of New Jersey has decided not to withdraw from his seat in the state primary and has left open the prospect of making an independent bid after his trial. Menendez is accused of 16 counts, including conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

When asked repeatedly whether he would resign in the face of a possible conviction, the senator said to CNN’s Manu Raju on Capitol Hill last week, “I am looking forward to proving my innocence.”.

According to the prosecution, Menendez and his spouse Nadine assisted a number of businessmen from New Jersey, who were all accused of participating in the conspiracy, in securing profitable contracts with officials in Egypt and Qatar. They also allegedly made efforts to persuade the authorities to halt inquiries into the businessmen and their associates.

On Monday, the case’s jury selection process started. A federal court in New York City will select the jury from among over one hundred prospective jurors. Suggestions for jury questionnaires have not yet been decided upon by the presiding judge. Defense lawyers have proposed to pose a variety of questions to the potential jurors, such as whether they believe a person from New Jersey is “more likely to break the law.”. “.

Wael Hana, an American businessman of Egyptian descent, and Fred Daibes, a real estate developer in New Jersey, are Menendez’s co-defendants to be tried alongside him. July will see his wife’s trial.

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foreign entanglements.

In order to help the senator secure US military assistance as well as an exclusive contract with Hana’s company, the indictment claims that Hana and Nadine Menendez, who had been friends for years prior to her dating the senator in 2018, collaborated to put the senator in touch with a number of Egyptian officials.

Prosecutors claim that because of the contract, Hana’s company was the only one authorized to certify that US food exports to Egypt adhered to halal regulations.

Menendez, who at the time held high positions on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a position that gave him authority over foreign military sales, met with Hana’s contacts in the Egyptian military on multiple occasions, and prosecutors claim that he assisted in directing US military sales and aid to Egypt.

Menendez is also accused in the indictment of ghostwriting a letter on behalf of the Egyptian government in an effort to convince other senators to release a hold on $300 million in aid.

Prosecutors claim that Menendez gave sensitive information to his wife regarding the individuals working at the US Embassy in Cairo, in addition to his purported agreement to use his position to facilitate military sales and financing to Egypt. His wife then sent the information to Hana, who passed it along to a government official in Egypt.

Additionally, the senator is accused of exerting pressure on a Department of Agriculture official in order to preserve the monopoly on halal certification that Hana had obtained for his business with Egypt, which allowed his wife to be compensated for Menendez’s work.

Prosecutors claim Menendez’s connections to foreign governments included officials from Qatar.

Prosecutors claim that Menendez assisted his co-defendant Daibes in obtaining a multimillion dollar investment from Qatari officials in a real estate project in exchange for gold bars, the price of which Menendez repeatedly looked up online, and other items.

investigations in New Jersey.

Prosecutors claim that Menendez used his position as a senator to try and sway a number of New Jersey cases involving his co-defendants. Menendez allegedly did this by speaking with a senior prosecutor in one instance and by trying to recommend a candidate for the US attorney position in New Jersey who he thought would help drop a case against Daibes.

Prosecutors claim that Jose Uribe, a businessman in New Jersey, and Hana purchased a high-end vehicle for Nadine in exchange for Menendez’s efforts to exert pressure on an official in one case.

As part of his agreement to assist federal prosecutors in the case, including offering testimony during the trial, Uribe entered a guilty plea to seven counts pertaining to the bribery scheme that involved Menendez and his co-defendants in May.

In the end, Menendez’s influence campaigns proved fruitless, as stated in the indictment. Daibes is currently facing legal action in New Jersey.

Cover-up allegedly conducted.

The senator and his wife allegedly tried to hide the bribes by repaying the businessmen for the luxury car and mortgage, saying they were only loans, after search warrants were executed on the Menendezes’ home, where gold bars and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash were discovered.

According to the indictment, the two parties’ attorneys informed the prosecutors that the bribe payments were actually loans, based on the married couple’s statements. Prosecutors assert that Menendez falsely claimed at the time that he was not aware of the mortgage and auto payments, a claim made by his attorney.

The pair is accused of undermining the legal process.

The defense of Menendez.

Menendez’s lawyers have alluded to a number of potential defenses they may raise at trial, such as the idea that intergenerational family trauma and a psychiatric disorder partially caused by his father’s suicide could account for the thirteen gold bars and $480,000 in cash that investigators discovered in his home.

Menendez told reporters he had taken thousands of dollars out of his bank account over a thirty-year period shortly after he was charged with bribery last year. He justified this by mentioning “the history of my family facing confiscation in Cuba.”. “.

Defense lawyers claim that Menendez developed “seemingly unusual” coping mechanisms as a result of his father’s death and family trauma, which created a fear of scarcity.

Menendez might also try to pin the blame for the purported conspiracy on his wife Nadine, whose trial was postponed because of a health problem.

Attorneys representing Menendez stated in a court document that “Senator Menendez intends to present a defense arguing (in part) that he lacked the requisite knowledge of much of the conduct and statements of his wife, Nadine, and thus lacks scienter and did not agree to join any of the charged conspiracies.”.

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