Feds Squeeze Top Democrat Senator, Expand Criminal Probe with New Round of Subpoenas

The criminal probe into Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is heating up as investigations into the top Democrat lawmaker are expanded.

New subpoenas were issued by the federal grand jury looking into Menendez’s shady dealings.

Menendez stood trial for corruption a few years ago but got a break with a hung jury.

His known accomplices were all convicted but Menendez was never vindicated.

Now the feds are closing in on Menendez again, this time sending a subpoena to another powerful New Jersey Democrat, North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco.

A North Bergen spokesman said, “As they always have, Mayor Sacco and the Township of North Bergen will comply with any inquiry they receive from law enforcement and will cooperate fully.”

A spokesman for the mayor said: “On Wednesday morning Mayor Sacco was issued a subpoena seeking information and records regarding several different matters that he was informed are being sought in connection to an ongoing investigation that is not related to him.

“Mayor Sacco has been assured that he is not a target of the investigation and was approached only as a potential witness, and he intends to cooperate fully and provide any requested information as he would with any law enforcement inquiry.”

Meanwhile, Menendez has tried to downplay the severity of the criminal probe.

“I know of an investigation,” Menendez said in October.

“Don’t know the scope or the subjects and of course stand ready to help authorities when and if they ask any questions.”

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As for Menendez and IS EG Halal, questions persist about how the company won an exclusive worldwide contract with Egypt to certify halal exports — as numerous other firms’ contracts were suddenly canceled in 2019.

Numerous other sources familiar with the matter said some officials at the U.S. Agriculture Department were among those who raised concerns about how the contract was awarded to a New Jersey firm with little experience.

An Agriculture Department did not return calls for comment.

In addition, numerous sources said Menendez’s wife is friends with IS EG’s owners.

Menendez chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which oversees billions of dollars in U.S. aid to Egypt.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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