TRETON, NJ — Sen. Bob Menendez, DN.J., is under criminal investigation, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News, as confirmed by an aide to the senator.
The investigation is being conducted by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, the sources said. The exact nature of the investigation was not immediately clear.
“Senator Menendez is aware of an investigation reported today, but does not understand the scope of the investigation. As always, during official inquiries, the Senator remains available to provide any assistance requested by him or his office,” Counsel Michael Soliman said in a statement to ABC News.
A spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York declined to comment, as did representatives of the FBI.
Menendez, chairman of the Senate’s powerful Foreign Relations Committee, was previously charged with corruption in April 2015 over his relationship with a Florida eye doctor, Salomon Melgen.
Prosecutors charged Menendez with accepting nearly $1 million worth of campaign contributions and lavish gifts — flights on Melgen’s private jet, one commercial first-class flight, and one flight on a chartered jet; numerous vacations at Melgen’s villa in the Dominican Republic and a hotel room in Paris – from Melgen in return for the political favors. Menendez also reportedly used his office to support visa applications for several of Melgen’s friends.
He pleaded not guilty. The trial ended with a hung jury and the charges were dismissed in 2018.
Melgen was later convicted of fraud on Medicare patients, but his sentence was commuted by former President Donald Trump in his final hours.
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