Prosecutors Reveal Texts Showing Menendez’s Wife’s Role In Alleged Bribery Scheme

Federal prosecutors have presented dozens of text messages and communications in the bribery trial of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), his wife Nadine, and two New Jersey businessmen, Wael Hana and Fred Daibes. The messages, introduced through the testimony of an FBI agent, aim to show how Nadine Menendez allegedly acted as an intermediary in a years-long bribery scheme.

According to the prosecution, the couple accepted bribes, including gold bars, cash, a Mercedes convertible, and mortgage payments, in exchange for the senator using his political influence to enrich and protect the businessmen. Menendez is also accused of acting as a foreign agent for Egypt.

The text messages reveal the beginning of the relationship between Menendez and Nadine Arslanian, who would later become his wife, and how she increasingly involved herself in his political activities. In one instance, she asked the senator for a favor, saying it “would be good for the relationship between Egypt and the United States, among other things.”

The messages also show Nadine Menendez relaying information and requests between the senator, the businessmen, and Egyptian officials. When Hana failed to fulfill his alleged promises to her, she complained to the senator and others, with one attorney noting that “it is extremely important that we keep Nadine happy.”

Menendez’s lawyers have argued that he was unaware of his wife’s financial challenges and that she had access to a locked closet where investigators discovered envelopes of cash and gold bars. However, the couple often referred to each other as “mon amour” and shared their locations via the “Find My Friends” iPhone app, according to the cache of text messages presented by prosecutors.