Wednesday, October 18, 2023 11:24AM
NEW YORK (WABC) — The case against New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez is the focus of a court hearing in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday.
It’s connected to new federal charges he’s facing weeks after he was accused of accepting bribes.
This is the first time a sitting member of Congress has been charged with conspiring to act as a foreign agent.
Menendez, until recently, was the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Federal prosecutors say he was a part of a corrupt agreement between January 2018 and June 2022, where the senator received hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes for official access.
The indictment says his wife and business associate were both involved.
This was just weeks after he and his wife were accused of accepting bribes, things like cash, gold bars, and luxury cars from New Jersey businessmen.
Menendez, his wife, and his business associate pleaded not guilty to these charges.
The senator released a statement saying,
“Piling new charge upon new charge does not make the allegations true. The facts haven’t changed, only a new charge. It is an attempt to wear someone down and I will not succumb to this tactic.”
There are growing calls for the senator to step down, but Menendez refuses to do so.
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