Menendez to be arraigned on new charges in obstruction and bribery scheme

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Senator Bob Menendez and His Wife to Face New Charges of Obstructing Federal Investigation

On Monday, Senator Robert “Bob” Menendez (D-NJ) and his wife will appear before the courts for an arraignment on new charges. The charges stem from their alleged attempts to obstruct the ongoing federal investigation into bribery allegations against them.

Details of the Arraignment

The arraignment is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. ET, before Judge Sidney Stein. Senator Menendez and his wife were previously indicted on 12 new felony charges, including bribery and extortion, earlier this week. The senator, along with two other New Jersey businessmen, have pleaded not guilty to the initial conspiracy charges. A fifth defendant, Jose Uribe, a New Jersey businessman, pleaded guilty last week and is now cooperating with the prosecution.

Charges of Obstructing Justice

Prosecutors have alleged that Senator Menendez and his associates attempted to mislead investigative authorities. Specifically, they claim the senator instructed his legal team to provide false information during interviews with the federal investigators. The false claims included reporting that the alleged bribe payments were, in fact, loans.

Menendez’s Public Defiance

Despite the new charges against him, Senator Menendez has maintained his innocence. In a statement, he declared, “I am innocent and will prove it no matter how many charges they continue to pile on.”

Q&A with CNN’s Manu Raju

During a conversation with CNN on Thursday, the senator was asked whether he would resign or run for reelection. Menendez responded to both questions in the negative, stating “No” to both.

The Future of Senator Menendez’s Political Career

As the legal proceedings unfold, it remains to be seen how this will impact Senator Menendez’s political future. Yet, one thing is certain: he intends to fight the charges against him and continue serving his constituents in New Jersey.