Senator Bob Menendez under federal criminal investigation

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US Senator Bob Menendez
FILE: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) during a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill, September 15, 2022.

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Washington –New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez is the subject of a federal criminal investigation in New York, sources and a political adviser to the senator confirmed to CBS News.

Michael Soliman, a longtime political adviser to the New Jersey Democrat, told CBS News, “Senator Menendez is aware of an investigation that was reported today. However, he does not know the scope of the investigation. “Investigation. As always, should any official investigation be made, the Senator is available to provide any assistance that is requested or requested of him.”

The news site Semafor first reported the Menendez investigation.

Federal prosecutors first investigated Menendez in 2015 when he was charged — but never convicted — in an alleged bribery scheme in which prosecutors said an eye doctor provided flights on a private jet and d other advantages in exchange for his assistance in obtaining contracts. The subsequent trial in 2017 on the charges in New Jersey ended in a mistrial after the jury failed to return a verdict.

It is unclear whether this latest investigation involves similar allegations.

Menendez is also a senior member of the Senate Banking and Finance Committees and, according to his Senate website, he is the first Latino to chair the Foreign Relations Committee. He was first elected to Congress in 1993 to represent New Jersey’s 13th congressional district and ran for the Senate more than a decade later.

The Justice Department declined to comment.

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