Sen­a­tor Bob Menen­dez Pleads Not Guilty In Egypt Bribery Case

Senator Bob Menendez Pleads Not Guilty In Egypt Bribery Case

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 …