The indictments include evidence of searches carried out at the lawmaker's mansion where $480,000 was found

Democratic Senator Robert Bob Menendez of New Jersey, responsible for the harassment and harassment of all popular, progressive and leftist regimes in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last three decades, is preparing to face a Manhattan court, accused of illicit enrichment, receiving bribes, influence peddling and collusion with a foreign government (Egypt) to enable the export of arms. The criminal interactions with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi were mediated – according to New York Federal Prosecutor Damian Williams – by businessman Wael Hana, the sole exporter of U.S. halal meat to Egypt.

The accusations include evidence of the searches carried out in the legislator's mansion where 480,000 dollars were found, three kilos of gold bars, valued at 150,000 dollars, and a luxury car not included in the congressman's tax returns, financed by Dominican businessman José Uribe, convicted of scams linked to the commercialization of insurance. The indictment promoted by the State Department details the acts of corruption that occurred between 2018 and 2022, when Menéndez used his influence as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to "protect and enrich friendly businessmen and support the Egyptian government," receiving money, gold, and perks of different kinds in exchange.

By pushing arms sales to Cairo, the Justice Department believes that the legislator violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act and regulations that strictly prohibit lawmakers from promoting commercial transactions with foreign interests. The accusation includes as an accomplice the senator's wife, Nadine Arslanian, who mobilized extortion mechanisms to prevent the criminal trial against her from taking place. Another of the charges filed by the district attorney's office, released by the FBI and the Criminal Investigations Division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is influence peddling promoted by Menendez – before the Department of Justice – to protect businessman Fred Daibes, a real estate developer from New Jersey accused of credit fraud against Mariner's Bank. for an amount close to two million dollars.

The indictment describes an attempt to promote the appointment of his fundraiser and personal lawyer, Philip Sellinger, as the U.S. attorney in New York, the prosecutor charged with investigating the mafia's most consequential actions and cases of political corruption. The Justice Department attributes to Menendez the intention to protect Daibes by appointing Sellinger, in order to ensure the continuity of the lucrative business of developed real estate Edgewater, opposite New York, from which Menendez obtained indirect benefits. In total, the Public Integrity Unit filed 18 charges against him, some of which are punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

In October, the Center for Legal and Political Studies, an institution dedicated to surveying the irregularities and crimes of U.S. officials and legislators, demanded the dismissal of the congressman for the 18 charges and for the previous history of fraud. In that investigation, carried out between 2015 and 2017, the Department of Justice stated that Menéndez received around a million dollars from ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen to protect him from the investigations carried out by the justice system. On that occasion, the senator was also investigated for influence peddling in favor of two Ecuadorian bankers, the brothers William and Roberto Isaías. For these political assistance, Menendez received $300,2017 that he had to share with other legislators known for his anti-Cuban positions, Republican Marco Rubio. These cases were brought to trial in <>, but Menendez and Rubio were benefited by then-President Donald Trump, who asked the judge in the case to drop all charges.

Following the recent allegations reported on October 12, Menendez was forced to resign as chairman of the influential Senate Foreign Relations Committee. However, he has refused to leave his seat despite the demand of his Democratic colleagues in both chambers. Menéndez has been a congressman for 30 years and his main campaign contributor is the vulture fund NML led by Paul Singer, one of them responsible for the theft of 15 billion dollars from Argentina. His son Robert Jacobsen Menendez Jr. served at the law firm defending NML before being elected as a legislator on Capitol Hill from 2023. According to the president of the Center for Legal and Political Studies, the accusations against Menendez show that "he is not only a career politician but also a career criminal."

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