October 19, 2023

Mrs. Menendez Enters Not Guilty Plea in Bribery Case

With the Hamas attack against Israel, it is perfectly understandable how you may have missed the reports on the indictment of Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on bribery and foreign agent charges.

Along with the New Jersey Senator, his wife, Nadine Menendez, and three associates, Wael Hana, Jose Uribe, and Fred Daibes, were indicted.

Mrs. Menendez, as well as Hana, Uribe, and Daibes, all pleaded not guilty in federal court on Wednesday.

Going to Trial

In the superseding indictment, Menendez and company had been charged with several accounts related to payments allegedly made to Menendez as well as the Senator using strong-arm tactics on local prosecutors to benefit his associates.

The new charge, acting as a foreign agent, was added last week.

Menendez and his wife have been charged with crimes from at least 2018 to 2022 for being in a “corrupt relationship” with Daibes, Hana, and Uribe. This relationship allegedly benefited Menendez and the Egyptian government.

Menendez has been defiant in the wake of his second go-around in corruption charges, claiming he has only been “loyal to one country.”

He stated, "The government’s latest charge flies in the face of my long record of standing up for human rights and democracy in Egypt and in challenging leaders of that country, including President El-Sisi, on these issues. I have been, throughout my life, loyal to only one country — the United States of America, the land my family chose to live in democracy and freedom.

"Piling new charge upon new charge does not make the allegations true. The facts haven’t changed, only a new charge. It is an attempt to wear someone down, and I will not succumb to this tactic. I again ask people who know me and my record to give me the chance to present my defense and show my innocence.”

It is hard to believe the man was innocent when they were stuffing cash in envelopes and hiding it all over the house, not to mention gold bars, a free car, and a helpful hand after his wife, then-girlfriend, struck and killed a pedestrian.

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