Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is beneath investigation by the Division of Justice for high-priced gifts he allegedly received from a New Jersey enterprise.
The gifts incorporate a luxury Washington, D.C., apartment, a Mercedes-Benz, funds, and jewelry, all valued in the tens of thousands of dollars, sources told NBC New York. The DOJ suspects that the gifts had been provided to Menendez by the Edgewater enterprise IS EG Halal, which was granted a contract with the Egyptian government regardless of complaints that the enterprise did not have the suitable knowledge. The New Jersey Democrat serves as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman and oversees billions in help to the Egyptian government.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) speak to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 15, 2023.
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“I am confident it is going to finish up in definitely absolutely nothing,” Menendez stated of the allegations final week.
On the other hand, some suspect that the contract was granted by Menendez in a quid pro quo scheme. Damian Williams, U.S. lawyer for the Southern District of New York, AND FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation agents are operating on the investigation.
None of the things seem on Menendez’s Senate disclosure types. A separate IRS criminal investigation is underway to establish if the gifts had been adequately accounted for in tax filings.
IS EG Halal was awarded a halal meat certification contract with the Egyptian government in 2019 — seven providers about the globe had been concurrently fired from the part. The Edgewater firm is run by a Christian and appeared to have no prior knowledge in Islamic halal certification, top to suspicion from quite a few.
“It defies logic,” stated Peter Paradis, the former deputy assistant inspector common at the Division of Agriculture. “This corporation has no track record of undertaking these varieties of certifications — and however the nation in query earmarks them as the sole entity to carry out that process?”
IS EG Halal claimed innocence, denying any wrongdoing.
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“Allegations about automobiles, apartments, money, and jewelry getting offered by any person connected with IS EG Halal to Sen. Menendez or his wife at all, let alone in exchange for any sort of favorable remedy, are completely devoid of basis,” stated Wael Hana, a spokesman for IS EG Halal.
The Washington Examiner reached out to Menendez for comment.