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Prosecutors Charge Bob Menendez with Accepting Bribes for Aiding Qatari Government

HeadlineJan 03, 2024

Embattled New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez is facing renewed calls to resign after prosecutors issued a new, superseding indictment accusing the Democrat of accepting bribes and abusing his power to benefit the government of Qatar between 2021 and 2023. Federal prosecutors say Menendez publicly praised Qatar in order to aid his associate, businessman Fred Daibes, in securing an investment from a fund linked to the Qatari government. In exchange, Menendez allegedly received luxury gifts including gold bars, tickets to a Formula One race, and offers of an expensive wristwatch. Menendez was already facing charges of aiding the Egyptian government. The senator and his four co-defendants, including his wife and Fred Daibes, have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled to stand trial in New York City in May.

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