Feds Investigating Bob Menendez Over Probably Receiving Lavish Items, DC Residence: REPORT

Federal prosecutors and the FBI are investigating Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and his spouse over whether or not they accepted undisclosed lavish items from a halal meat firm, in line with two individuals with data of the matter who spoke to The New York Occasions on Thursday.

The investigation into Menendez and his spouse seeks to search out out in the event that they obtained a high-end automotive and a Washington condo from IS EG Halal of Edgewater, New Jersey, which can also be the topic of a legal investigation, in line with the individuals who spoke to the NYT. Menendez is at the moment the Senate Overseas Relations Committee chairman and has confronted related prices prior to now; Menendez confronted a 14-count indictment that included a number of counts of bribery and fraud in 2017, however a jury deadlocked on the corruption prices in opposition to him, leading to a mistrial.

In 2019, the Egyptian authorities dominated to designate the meat firm because the unique licensed importer of halal into the nation from any international supply, in line with the NYT. The U.S. Division of Agriculture cautioned that this might result in larger meat costs for Egypt’s giant Muslim inhabitants and trigger disruptions to the market.

Within the wake of the choice, officers carried out a search into the corporate and its president, Wael Hana, in line with the NYT.

In the course of the search, authorities confiscated computer systems, cellphones and paperwork, courtroom data point out. The inquiry involving Menendez is related to the federal government raid carried out on the meat firm’s places of work and the residence of its president, in line with an lawyer who met with prosecutors. (RELATED: ‘Had been You Conscious That SVB Was In Hassle?’: Dem Senator Presses Former SVB CEO On Inventory Gross sales Earlier than Financial institution’s Failure)

NEWARK, NJ – NOVEMBER 15: Robert ‘Bob’ Menendez (D-NJ) arrives at federal courtroom on November 15, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. The jury continues to deliberate in his corruption trial. (Photograph by Spencer Platt/Getty Pictures)

Hana is Christian and admitted in authorized paperwork that he lacked earlier expertise in certifying that meat was ready following Muslim legislation, in line with the NYT.

Menendez mentioned he’s prepared to help investigators and a spokesman asserted the senator is optimistic the inquiry will attain a profitable conclusion, in line with the NYT.

“I’m certain it will find yourself in completely nothing,” Menendez advised NBC final week.

The meat firm gave no items to Menendez or his spouse, a spokesperson advised the NYT.

“IS EG Halal was awarded its halal certification contract with Egypt with none help by any means from Senator Menendez or some other U.S. public official,” the spokesperson said.

Menendez didn’t instantly reply to the Day by day Caller Information Basis’s request for remark.

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