Democrat Senator Bob Menendez Pleads not guilty to Acting as Foreign Agent for Egypt

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Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) entered a not guilty plea to the charge of conspiring to operate as a foreign agent for the Egyptian government on Monday in federal court.

This is the second time in as many months that Menendez has been required to submit a plea in response to allegations of corruption.

Due to charges that Menendez broke the Foreign Agents Registration Act while leading the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. District Attorney Damian Williams filed a second indictment against the senator last month.

For allegedly having a corrupt relationship with three businessmen, Wael Hana, Jose Uribe, and Fred Daibes, Menendez and his wife Nadine were initially charged with three accusations in September.

According to the indictment, the pair reportedly collected bribes including hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, gold bars, a luxury car, and more.

Co-defendants in the case, all five have already entered not guilty pleas to the initial accusations.

Hana, Bob, and Nadine Menendez, three of the co-defendants, were also charged with conspiracy for a public person to serve as a foreign agent, a FARA violation punishable by up to five years in prison, in the revised indictment.

Last week, Hana and Nadine Menendez entered a not-guilty plea to that accusation.

A person operating a certain type of business on behalf of a foreign principal is required by FARA to register with the Department of Justice and provide periodic reports regarding their operations.

It is against Senate ethics rules for senators to register under FARA.

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