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New Corruption Allegations: Sen. Menendez Accused of Accepting Gifts from Qatar

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WASHINGTON — Shocking Allegations Against Senator Menendez

Federal prosecutors have made shocking allegations ⁢against Senator Bob ⁤Menendez, accusing him of accepting race car tickets​ and other ‍gifts from Qatar as part of a​ yearslong⁤ corruption scheme. The Gulf nation has now ⁢joined Egypt as another ⁢foreign ‌country the ‍New Jersey Democrat is accused of ⁣helping ‌while in office.

The new indictment,⁣ made public Tuesday, amends and replaces the original indictment, listing‍ the formal charges⁢ against‍ the defendant. Prosecutors allege that Menendez’s bribery and ⁤extortion scheme continued into 2023,‌ a year longer than initially alleged.

According to the indictment, Menendez accepted payments from one​ of his co-conspirators, New Jersey real estate​ developer Fred ​Daibes, in exchange for ⁤using his ‍influence to help Daibes obtain⁣ millions of⁤ dollars from an ​investment fund tied to Qatar. The senator, prosecutors allege, additionally took‍ steps to help Qatar.

Menendez, ⁣his wife⁢ Nadine Menendez, Daibes, and two other New Jersey⁣ businessmen were ‍indicted ⁣as part of‌ a bribery scheme last year. All⁤ have pleaded not guilty to ⁤the charges.

In addition to the bribery charges, Menendez is accused of acting as a foreign⁣ agent‍ for the government of⁣ Egypt by allegedly taking ‍steps to help the country in exchange‍ for one of the ⁤defendants obtaining a monopoly on a Halal​ export business. Menendez has vigorously‌ denied ‌any wrongdoing.

The latest indictment alleges Menendez introduced Daibes, who was seeking an‌ investment, to a member​ of the Qatari royal family and ⁤principal of ‍the Qatari Investment Company. While ⁤the Qatari investment ‍fund‍ was weighing an investment, Menendez ⁣made multiple public statements supporting the government of Qatar, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors allege that Menendez provided Daibes with these statements so that Daibes could share them with the Qatari Investor and Qatari government officials ⁣associated with the ‍Qatari Investment Company.

It is alleged that in August 2021, the senator sent a press release in which he praised the ‌Qatari government to​ Daibes, texting him, “You might want ⁢to⁣ send to them.⁢ I am just about to ⁣release.” ​The following month,‌ after attending a private event hosted by the ⁤Qatari government in Manhattan, Daibes texted Menendez photographs⁢ of luxury watches ⁢valued as much as $23,990, asking, “How about one of these?” Two days later, Menendez​ texted Daibes a link to a website tracking‍ a Senate ⁤resolution supporting Qatar.

Months later in January 2022, Menendez texted the Qatari investor ahead of⁢ his meeting⁢ with Daibes in London to discuss the potential⁢ investment, writing, “I understand ​my friend is going ⁣to visit with you on the 15th of the month. I hope that ⁤this will result in the ⁢favorable and mutually beneficial ‌agreement that you have‍ been both engaged ‌in discussing,” according to the indictment.

In May, at the ‍senator’s request, the ⁣Qatari⁤ official provided tickets to‌ the 2022 Formula One Grand Prix to ‍a close‌ relative of Nadine Menendez. That same month, following a meeting between the senator, Daibes, and​ the two Qatari⁤ officials, the Qatari investment fund signed a⁤ letter of intent to enter into a joint venture ‌with Daibes’ company. ⁣After, Daibes provided Menendez with ‌a ⁤gold bar, according to the indictment.

Last year, the Qatari Investment ⁤Company made it official and invested tens of millions of dollars with Daibes. Menendez ⁢continued to receive benefits from the Qataris, including four tickets to that year’s Formula One⁣ Grand Prix race, ⁤the indictment alleges.

Prosecutors say ‍Menendez did not note on his ⁢financial disclosure forms the gifts from Qatar and Daibes, including the gold bars and race tickets.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Good grammar and punctuation, agrees with the previous comments.

    These allegations against Sen. Menendez must be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated to ensure justice is served.

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