The latest on the indictment of Sen. Bob Menendez
Sep 25, 2023, 9:00 PM | Updated: 9:23 pm
SALT LAKE CITY — On Friday, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., was indicted by a New York grand jury on three charges connected to bribery.
On Monday, however, Menendez told CNN that he believes that he will be exonerated. It is alleged that Menendez accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, bars of gold and a luxury vehicle in exchange for his influence to secure U.S. assistance to Egypt.
Also on Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy, D-N.J., called for the senator to resign. Additionally, Menendez had previously been indicted on similar charges in 2015, which ended in a hung jury in 2017.
ABC News correspondent Justin Finch discussed the case with KSL NewsRadio.
“The charges here are quite serious,” Finch said. “The allegations, quite black and white, quite stark here.”
Could Sen. Bob Menendez seek reelection?
Finch says it could carry over into next year’s election season.
“And there’s been some wrangling in the party,” he said. “Because we’re now seeing New Jersey Congressman Andy Kim announce that he will run against Menendez in the primary. Menendez, not yet saying if he will run for reelection, though many believe that he will.”
Menendez’s wife was also indicted Friday by the grand jury for her involvement.
“He didn’t mention much about his wife in his remarks today,” Finch said. “It was more focused on him. But this definitely is a much wider net than just him.”
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