Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez (D‑NJ) pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges in an Egypt-related bribery case brought by federal prosecutors.
Menendez, 69, appeared before a judge in Manhattan federal court where a lawyer entered the not-guilty plea on his behalf, according to the Associated Press.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Ona Wang allowed Menendez to be released on a $100,000 bond but ordered the senator to surrender his passport and placed restrictions on contacts with others.
The senator’s wife, Nadine Menendez, also entered a not-guilty plea, as have three other co-defendants in the case.
Federal prosecutors announced on Friday an indictment in which Menendez was accused of using his official position to benefit a trio of New Jersey businessmen and the government of Egypt in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes that included gold bars, cash, and a luxury convertible.
Menendez was “charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, which carri …