US Senator Bob Menéndez, already indicted on three counts of corruption and influence peddling for the benefit of Egypt, was also accused of acting as an agent of this Middle Eastern power, judicial authorities announced on Thursday.
Menéndez, who chairs the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was indicted in September, along with his wife and three alleged accomplices, for corruption.
Accused of having "used his power and influence" to benefit his alleged accomplices and the Egyptian government in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Cuban-born Democratic legislator refused to leave office, but "temporarily" resigned from the chairman of the commission and pleaded not guilty.
Added to the three charges of corruption and prevarication, for the senator, his wife and one of the alleged accomplices, is that of having acted as an agent of a foreign power, specifically the Egyptian government, according to the indictment signed by the prosecutor. New York Federal, Damian Williams.
Williams indicated that during a raid on the couple's home, in June 2022, "wads of bills stuffed in the pockets of his jacket", three kilos of "gold ingots", a luxury car and other items were discovered. that they were part of the fraud.”
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