The Department of Justice is investigating Senator Bob Menendez for illegally accepting luxury gifts in exchange for overseas government contracts and disregarding them on tax disclosure forms. NBC New York reports that the probe concentrates on a wealthy New Jersey-based businessman, who reportedly gifted Senator Menendez a Mercedes Benz sedan, jewelry, and a luxury apartment in Washington, D.C. Allegedly, the Senator did not report any of these items in Senate disclosure forms.
JUST IN: The DOJ and IRS are probing Democrat Senator Bob Menendez for accepting luxurious gifts in exchange for government contracts.
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The Senator supposedly made a deal for the gifts to obtain a meat certification contract with the Egyptian government, according to insiders. Reportedly, the businessman who provided these lavish gifts had no experience or connection in the country to perform the contract. Menendez denied any wrongdoing when his spokesperson was reached. He insisted that he is willing to offer any assistance requested of him or his office should any official inquiries ensue.
Sources reveal that the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigations unit spearhead the research, with Damian Williams, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, leading the probe. Investigators are hoping to determine whether Senator Menendez and his wife, Nadine Arslanian, received gifts from the owner of IS EG Halal, a meat processor in their home state, and whether Menendez took any action. Senator Menendez sits as the chair of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, entitling him to maneuver votes for any bargain, which could tell why the FBI is curious about his association with this case.
Additionally, they will investigate the meat manufacturer’s possible bribes to Egyptian officials in securing their meat-certification contract with Egypt. The FBI will explore whether IS EG Halal paid bribes to cut corners to build its business in Egypt. Although Senator Menendez has denied any wrongdoing, the fact that he omitted any of these gifts on Senate disclosure forms raises doubts. Such shady interactions are incompatible with the standards one would expect from a United States Senator.
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