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Feds Weighing Criminal Charges Against Top Democrat Senator: Report

DailyWire.com | by Ryan Saavedra| August 25, 2023

DP News Summary Talking Points:

  • The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly considering criminal charges against Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) following a lengthy corruption investigation.
  • The investigation originally focused on how a New Jersey-based halal meat business, IS EG Halal, received an exclusive worldwide contract with Egypt to certify halal exports, leading to suspicions due to the company’s limited experience in the field.
  • Menendez, who previously faced bribery charges for allegedly accepting gifts in exchange for political favors, is also under scrutiny for his connections and role in billions of dollars of weapons sales to Egypt.

The U.S. Department of Justice is considering bringing criminal charges against Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) after a lengthy corruption investigation, according to a new report.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the prosecutors are expected to meet with Menendez’s lawyers in the next few weeks, a sign that prosecutors have “developed the evidence they need to bring charges.”

Meetings like this that occur toward the end of an investigation are usually held so defense lawyers can present reasons why their clients should not be charged.

The criminal investigation into Menendez, which first made news last October, originally centered around how IS EG Halal, a New Jersey-based halal meat business, won “an exclusive worldwide contract with Egypt to certify halal exports — as numerous other firms’ contracts were suddenly canceled in 2019,” NBC News reported.

Numerous sources told the publication that the U.S. Agriculture Department was suspicious over how the large contract was awarded to the company which had “little experience.”

Menendez’s wife is friends with the company’s owners, the report said, and the senator’s position as chairman on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee puts him in charge of billions of dollars in weapons sales to Egypt.

In 2015, Menendez was indicted on bribery charges for allegedly accepting “luxury vacations, golf outings, campaign donations and expensive flights” from Florida physician Salomon Melgen in exchange for political favors. A federal jury in Florida convicted Melgen in April of “67 charges for operating what prosecutors called a massive scheme that robbed Medicare out of as much as $105 million,” the Palm Beach Post reported.

Prosecutors began investigating Menendez when they were tipped off in 2012 that Menendez was allegedly having sex with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.

The jury was split in the trial and a mistrial was declared.

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