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New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez under federal criminal investigation

US Senator Bob Menendez
FILE: US Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) at a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill, September 15, 2022.

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Washington — New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is under federal criminal investigation in New York, sources and a political adviser to the senator have confirmed to CBS News.

Michael Soliman, a longtime political adviser to the New Jersey Democrat, told CBS News: “Senator Menendez is aware of an investigation that was reported today. However, he does not know the scope of the investigation. As always Should any official inquiry be made, the Senator is available to provide any assistance requested by him or his office.”

News site Semaphore first reported Menendez’s investigation.

Federal prosecutors first investigated Menendez in 2015, when he was charged – but never convicted – of an alleged bribery scheme in which prosecutors said an eye doctor took a bribe in exchange for his help in securing a contract. Provided flights on private jet and other perks. A later 2017 trial on the charges in New Jersey ended in wrongdoing after a jury failed to reach a decision.

It is unclear whether similar allegations are involved in this latest investigation.

Menendez is also a senior member of the Senate Banking and Finance Committees and according to his Senate website, he is the first Latino to chair the Committee on Foreign Relations. He was first elected to Congress in 1993 to represent New Jersey’s 13th Congressional District and ran for the Senate a decade later.

The Justice Department declined to comment.

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