United States Senator Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) has been indicted on federal corruption charges, federal authorities have announced, including eight counts of bribery. He denied any wrongdoing and insisted that he is not going anywhere.
Following news of the indictment, Senate aides told Reuters that Menendez will temoporarily step down as the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Panel. He is set to appear in court in Newark on Thursday.
A spokesperson for the US Department of Justice said that Menendez, 61, and a Florida medical professional, Dr. Salomon Melgen, are both named in an indictment unsealed on Wednesday this week “in connection with a bribery scheme in which Menendez allegedly accepted gifts from Melgen in exchange for using the power of his Senate office to benefit Melgen’s financial and personal interests.”