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Sen. Bob Menendez, once top Senate foreign policy chairman, accused of acting as foreign agent

Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey at the Capitol on August 3, 2022.

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Federal prosecutors say Sen. Bob Menendez acted as a foreign agent on the behalf of Egypt.
They claimed in a new indictment that Menendez should have registered as a foreign lobbyist.
During most of the time of his alleged criminal bribery scheme, Menendez was the top Senate Democrat for foreign policy issues.

Federal prosecutors said on Thursday that Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez acted as an unregistered foreign agent when he accepted alleged bribes in exchange for using his office to benefit the Egyptian government.

In a new superseding indictment, prosecutors added the foreign agent charge to the litany of alleged offenses Menendez, his wife Nadine Menendez, and a New Jersey businessman face.

At the time of his alleged offenses, Menendez was the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He also led the powerful panel after Democrats retook the Senate majority in 2021. Menendez previously stepped down from his chairmanship amid his legal fight.

As a lawmaker, Menendez is prohibited from being a lobbyist, let alone an unregistered lobbyist for a foreign government. Nonetheless, prosecutors claim that Menendez’s official acts, including providing “sensitive US government information” rose to the threshold of him being considered a foreign lobbyist. By law, people lobbying on behalf of a foreign government must register with the Department of Justice. Issues surrounding foreign lobbying took renewed interest during the Trump administration when multiple officials were accused of running afoul of The Foreign Agents Registration Act. 

After the first indictment, a majority of Menendez’s Senate Democratic colleagues called on him to resign. The New Jersey Democrat has refused to leave office, arguing that he will beat these charges the same way he beat a 2017 corruption case. 

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