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High US Senator Bob Menendez’s corruption trial begins | Courts Information

High US Senator Bob Menendez’s corruption trial begins | Courts Information


Jury choice begins in trial accusing high Democrat of accepting bribes and performing as unregistered overseas agent.

Jury choice has begun within the corruption trial of Bob Menendez, a high United States senator who’s accused of accepting bribes in trade for a variety of favours and performing as an unregistered agent of the Egyptian authorities.

Menendez, 70, faces 16 prison expenses and is being tried alongside two New Jersey businessmen in Manhattan federal courtroom.

Menendez sat along with his attorneys on Monday and listened as Choose Sidney H Stein informed a number of dozen potential jurors concerning the expenses.

The choose informed them the “sitting US senator from the state of New Jersey” had been charged in a conspiracy wherein he allegedly “agreed to simply accept bribes and accepted bribes”.

Menendez’s spouse, Nadine, has additionally been charged however will probably be tried individually. All 4 defendants have pleaded not responsible.

In September, prosecutors accused Menendez and his spouse of accepting money, gold bars and a Mercedes-Benz convertible in trade for the senator wielding his political affect in New Jersey and serving to the governments of Egypt and Qatar.

Authorities mentioned Menendez promised to assist Egypt get hold of arms gross sales and different army support, and helped co-defendant Wael Hana, an Egyptian-American businessman, get hold of a profitable monopoly on the certification of halal meat exports to Egypt.

Prosecutors additionally mentioned Menendez tried to assist his different co-defendant, outstanding New Jersey developer Fred Daibes, get hold of thousands and thousands of {dollars} from a Qatari funding fund, and sought to disrupt a federal prison case in opposition to Daibes in New Jersey.

A lot of the money acquired by the couple was stuffed inside clothes at their dwelling, prosecutors mentioned.

A number of weeks after the preliminary indictment was unsealed, US authorities in October additionally charged Menendez – who beforehand chaired the influential Senate Overseas Affairs Committee – with serving as an unregistered agent of Egypt.

Chatting with reporters in late September, Menendez mentioned he was assured he could be exonerated within the case and would proceed his political profession.

“I firmly imagine that when all of the details are introduced, not solely will I be exonerated, however I nonetheless will probably be New Jersey’s senior senator,” he mentioned.

He additionally sought to defend his file on Egypt.

“All through my 30 years within the Home of Representatives and the Senate, I’ve at all times labored to carry accountable these international locations together with Egypt for human rights abuses, the repression of its citizenry, civil society, and extra,” he informed reporters on the time.

Menendez is up for re-election in November and has mentioned he may run as an impartial if he’s exonerated within the prison case.

However latest polls present he’s deeply unpopular amongst New Jersey voters and plenty of Democratic Occasion senators, together with New Jersey’s Cory Booker, have known as for him to resign.

Fewer than one in six voters polled in March by Monmouth College and Emerson Faculty Polling/PIX11/The Hill mentioned they permitted of Menendez’s job efficiency. Even fewer mentioned they might vote for him as an impartial.

That is Menendez’s second prison trial: In 2017, a New Jersey federal choose declared a mistrial after jurors deadlocked on whether or not he broke the legislation by offering assist to a rich ophthalmologist in trade for lavish items and political contributions.

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Bourbiza Mohamed is a freelance journalist and political science analyst holding a Master's degree in Political Science. Armed with a sharp pen and a discerning eye, Bourbiza Mohamed contributes to various renowned sites, delivering incisive insights on current political and social issues. His experience translates into thought-provoking articles that spur dialogue and reflection.

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