If Nothing Else, Menendez Trial Proves Dem Senator Is One Weird Dude

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 16: U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and his wife Nadine Arslanian arrive for a reception honoring of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his wife Mareva Mitsotakis in the East Room of the White House on May 16, 2022 in Washington, DC. President Joe Biden hosted Mitsotakis for bilateral meetings earlier in the day where they discussed allied efforts to "support the people of Ukraine and impose economic costs on Russia for its unprovoked aggression," according to the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-NJ) bribery and corruption trial has not only exposed the seedy side of politics but has also highlighted some quirks held by the once-powerful Democratic senator and his wife, Nadine.

Both are accused of accepting bribes from three New Jersey businessmen in the form of 13 gold bars, a Mercedes-Benz convertible, and $500,000 in cash. In exchange, federal prosecutors allege Menendez greased the wheels in deals that benefited co-defendants Wael Hana and Fred Daibes.

A third businessman, Jose Uribe, has already pleaded guilty and is expected to be sentenced Friday.

He testified that he offered to buy Nadine Menendez a car in exchange for the sitting senator to make fraud investigations into his family and friend’s insurance businesses go away.

Uribe spent four days on the stand and lifted the veil on some of the Menendez family quirks, including the senator ringing a small silver bell to summon his wife of two years and the couple’s penchant for hoarding gold bars.

Menendez, Hana, and Daibes have all pleaded not guilty and are on trial together. Nadine Menendez was supposed to be tried alongside her husband but had her court date pushed back to at least August following a cancer diagnosis that required immediate medical attention.

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