Reports implicate Sen. Menendez’s wife in corruption allegations

The Wall Street Journal reports that federal investigators have turned their attention to Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-NJ) wife, Nadine Arslanian, in their ongoing corruption probe of the senator. 

Per the Journal:

Federal prosecutors investigating U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez are examining whether his wife received gifts or services from individuals who sought favors from the New Jersey politician, according to people familiar with the matter.

What’s going on?

Menendez is facing his second corruption investigation in less than ten years.

The initial one took place in 2015. Then, it was alleged that Menendez had an arrangement with a Florida eye doctor, named Salomon Melgen, in which Melgen would provide private jet flights and vacations to Menendez in exchange for government contracts and other favors from the senator.

Federal prosecutors did end up indicting Menendez. But, he was let off the hook after the jury failed to reach a unanimous decision.

At the end of this past October, the outlet Semafor reported that Menendez is once again facing another federal corruption investigation and that the investigation seems to be very similar to the previous one.

The outlet reported:

The two people familiar with the investigation, one who is directly connected to the investigation and the other a New Jersey lawyer who has been told of the case, said that the broad outlines of the new inquiry are similar to the 2017 case. Both said that the new investigation involves an entirely different group of people, however.

The latest

Reports now indicate that this new investigation of Menendez has likely been going on since at least 2019. It is being led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, New York.

Reports initially stated that prosecutors were contacting people with connections to Menendez. But, now, reports indicate that prosecutors are also contacting people with connections to Arslanian.

At the moment, specifics are still hard to come by.

Menendez has refused to say anything too definitive about the matter. He is sticking with a statement made by advisor Michael Soliman when the investigation was first announced in late October.

Soliman said:

Senator Menendez is aware of an investigation that was reported today. However, he does not know the scope of the investigation. As always, should any official inquiries be made, the senator is available to provide any assistance that is requested of him or his office.