WASHINGTON — Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., is below federal felony investigation by the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace in Manhattan, in response to two folks acquainted with the matter and a spokesperson for the senator.
“Senator Menendez is conscious of an investigation that was reported on at present, nevertheless he doesn’t know the scope of the investigation,” Menendez’s adviser Michael Soliman stated Wednesday in a press release.
Soliman added, “As at all times, ought to any official inquiries be made, the senator is offered to supply any help that’s requested of him or his workplace.”
Information of the investigation was first reported by the web site Semafor.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace for the Southern District of New York declined to remark.
Menendez, chairman of the Senate Overseas Relations Committee, was indicted in 2015 on federal corruption expenses of illegally accepting favors from a Florida eye physician, Salomon Melgen, together with flights on a non-public jet to remain at Melgen’s resort within the Dominican Republic, three nights at a five-star resort in Paris, and greater than $700,000 in political contributions for Menendez in addition to the Democratic Celebration.
That case led to a mistrial after jurors have been unable to achieve a unanimous verdict. A number of jurors later instructed reporters that they believed the federal government’s proof was not convincing.
Federal prosecutors determined in 2018 to not retry the senator.
Menendez isn’t up for re-election till 2024. He has served within the Senate since 2006 and beforehand served within the Home.