Sen. Bob Menendez (DN.J.) is under federal investigation, his office confirmed Wednesday, though details remain unclear.
Michael Soliman, a spokesman for Menendez’s office, told The Hill that the senator did not know “the scope of the investigation” but was aware of the investigation.
“As always, if formal requests are made, the senator is available to provide any assistance requested of him or his office,” Soliman said in a statement.
Semafor reported earlier Wednesday that prosecutors for the Southern District of New York contacted people close to Menendez and issued at least one subpoena in the case.
Sources told Semafor that the investigation is broadly similar to a 2017 federal corruption case against Menendez, which ended in a mistrial, but involves different people.
In the 2017 case, Menendez, who has represented New Jersey in the Senate since 2006, was accused of helping a wealthy Florida eye doctor secure government contracts in exchange for gifts, including vacations and private jet flights. .
Menendez’s attorneys argued in that case that the two were nothing more than friends.