Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and his spouse, Nadine, pleaded not responsible Wednesday to bribery costs in federal court docket in Manhattan.
The 2 had been charged in an indictment final week that alleged Menendez accepted luxurious items and huge sums of cash as bribes in change for committing acts of corruption, together with offering delicate data to the Egyptian authorities.
Menendez was launched on $100,000 bail and should give up his private passport however can hold his official passport and might proceed to journey overseas solely to carry out official duties as a senator.
He intends to proceed his work because the senior senator from New Jersey regardless of calls from greater than a dozen Senate Democrats for him to resign.
Menendez to this point He steadfastly refused to do so, claiming his innocence. He has solely agreed to quickly step down from his place as chairman of the Senate International Relations Committee.
Nadine Menendez was launched on $250,000 bail together with her journey additionally restricted.
Menendez, 69, and his spouse, Nadine, 56, face costs of conspiracy to commit bribery, tried conspiracy to commit wire and trustworthy companies fraud, and conspiracy to commit extortion underneath colour of regulation, in accordance with court docket paperwork.
The alleged conspirators, New Jersey businessman Fred Daibes, actual property developer Wael Hanna, and Joseph Uribe, had been additionally named in the identical indictment and face two costs every.
Hannah pleaded not responsible on Tuesday.