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Menendez to appear in court and plead ‘not guilty’ to foreign agent charge

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., is set to appear in a Manhattan court Monday afternoon where he will enter a “not guilty” plea to an additional charge of acting as a foreign agent.

Menendez allegedly acted as an agent for the Egyptian government during his time as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Menendez stepped down from the post when the first indictment was unsealed on Sept. 23 but remains on the committee.

The other defendants in the indictment — including his wife Nadine Menendez — also entered into not guilty pleas in the superseding indictment last week. 

The new indictment shows a photo of Menendez, Nadine and Hana with unidentified Egyptian officials in Menendez’s Senate office in 2018. Prosecutors allege the meeting included talks of “foreign military financing to Egypt.”

FBI and IRS criminal investigators allege that Menendez and his wife accepted several gold bars and other gifts from Daibes, a New Jersey developer and former bank chairman accused of banking crimes. Menendez allegedly worked to help appoint a prosecutor who would be sympathetic to Daibes, according to the indictment.

The unsealed indictment alleges that from at least 2018 through 2022, Menendez and his wife, Nadine, “engaged in a corrupt relationship” with Daibes, Hana and Uribe.

The couple is accused of accepting “hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribes in exchange for using Menendez’s power and influence as a senator to seek to protect and enrich Hana, Uribe, and Daibes and to benefit the Arab Republic of Egypt.”

Jamie Joseph is a writer who covers politics. She leads Fox News Digital coverage of the Senate. 

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