Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) just received bad news that will complicate his political career.
According to the Washington Examiner, the embattled Democrat is under investigation for his and "his wife's relationship with the owners of IS EG Halal, a halal meat business based in Edgewater, New Jersey."
This week, a federal grand jury in the Southern District of New York issued a new round of subpoenas related to the ongoing investigation.
Many believe that it's only a matter of time before the hammer drops.
The Examiner explained the senator's troubles in a nutshell:
Investigators have been probing whether the couple improperly accepted cash and other gifts from the business owners, as well as how the company secured an exclusive contract with the government of Egypt to certify halal exports. These newest subpoenas appear to be for unrelated parties, however, suggesting the investigation is expanding.
Among those subpoenaed this week include North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco. His office stated that the mayor expects to fully comply with the investigation.
"As they always have, Mayor Sacco and the Township of North Bergen will comply with any inquiry they receive from law enforcement and will cooperate fully," the mayor's office said. "We do not feel that it would be appropriate to offer any additional comment at this time."
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That specific subpoena reportedly revolves around certain legislative changes that were made in the state.
Menendez, a high-ranking Democrat, is also the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Menendez has struggled with legal matters over the past several years, and even had to set up a separate legal defense fund after spending roughly $230,000 of his campaign money on legal costs.
"Sen. Menendez is confident that this official inquiry will be successfully closed, but as it is still unresolved he will be opening a separate legal defense fund so as not to drain any further campaign funds," a spokesperson said at the time.
This latest legal conundrum began last October when investigators began looking at the senator's contacts.
Only time will tell what the investigation brings, but it's clear that the heat on Menendez is turning up, significantly.