Sen. Bob Menendez hit with fourth round of indictments related to bribery scheme

 March 6, 2024

To say Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) hasn't had a great past year would be an understatement, and it just got a lot worse.

According to the New York Post, the embattled Democratic senator was slapped with a fourth indictment related to previous indictments regarding an alleged bribery scheme he took part it with his wife, Nadine, and others.

The outlet noted that the 70-year-old senator and his wife now face "new obstruction of justice and additional bribery counts in the fourth version of an indictment unsealed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan."

Menendez was under intense pressure last year to resign after the first rounds of indictments were announced, but he refused.

"Corrupt relationship"

Alongside co-defendants Wael Hana and Fred Daibes, the group has been hit with a total of 18 charges, with 16 of them including Menendez.

The charges point to a "corrupt relationship" that benefited the co-defendants, the Egyptian government and Qatar, according to the revised indictment published this week.

The Post noted:

The alleged bribes included more than $566,000 in cash, roughly $100,000 in gold bars, home mortgage payments, payments for a “low-or-no-show job,” a Mercedes-Benz convertible, and even exercise machines and an air purifier.

In the previous indictments, Menendez already faced charges related to "wire fraud, extortion, bribery and acting as a foreign agent for Egypt between 2018 and 2022." Making the situation even more egregious is that he's charged with such actions while serving as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Menendez ultimately left his powerful Senate leadership position but continued to resist calls for his resignation -- many of which came from members of his own party.

Reactions pour in

Social media users reacted to the latest round of revised charges, and the sentiment was the same -- Menendez needs to resign, ASAP. Many others called for prison time if found guilty.

"Twenty-five years minimum in max security prison without the possibility of parole. All assets transferred to a fund for the victim's Next case," one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "I don’t know how he has managed to stay in office, while George Santos was forced out very quickly."

Only time will tell if the latest indictment will be the final nail in his political coffin.

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