Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is beneath investigation by the Division of Justice for costly presents he allegedly acquired from a New Jersey enterprise.

The presents embrace a luxurious Washington, D.C., residence, a Mercedes-Benz, cash, and jewellery, all valued within the tens of hundreds of {dollars}, sources informed NBC New York. The DOJ suspects that the presents got to Menendez by the Edgewater enterprise IS EG Halal, which was granted a contract with the Egyptian authorities regardless of complaints that the enterprise did not have the correct expertise. The New Jersey Democrat serves because the Senate Overseas Relations Committee chairman and oversees billions in help to the Egyptian authorities.

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Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) communicate to reporters on the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

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“I’m certain it will find yourself in completely nothing,” Menendez mentioned of the allegations final week.

Nonetheless, some suspect that the contract was granted by Menendez in a quid professional quo scheme. Damian Williams, U.S. lawyer for the Southern District of New York, AND FBI and IRS Prison Investigation brokers are engaged on the investigation.

Not one of the gadgets seem on Menendez’s Senate disclosure varieties. A separate IRS felony investigation is underway to find out if the presents have been correctly accounted for in tax filings.

IS EG Halal was awarded a halal meat certification contract with the Egyptian authorities in 2019 — seven corporations across the globe have been concurrently fired from the position. The Edgewater agency is run by a Christian and appeared to don’t have any prior expertise in Islamic halal certification, resulting in suspicion from many.

“It defies logic,” mentioned Peter Paradis, the previous deputy assistant inspector basic on the Division of Agriculture. “This company has no monitor report of doing a majority of these certifications — and but the nation in query earmarks them as the only entity to carry out that job?”

IS EG Halal claimed innocence, denying any wrongdoing.


“Allegations about automobiles, residences, money, and jewellery being supplied by anybody related to IS EG Halal to Sen. Menendez or his spouse in any respect, not to mention in alternate for any type of favorable remedy, are completely with out foundation,” mentioned Wael Hana, a spokesman for IS EG Halal.

The Washington Examiner reached out to Menendez for remark.

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