GARWOOD – More than two weeks after a report emerged that the Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal charges against him, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) continued to assert his innocence while defiantly inferring that the federal agency reportedly investigating him has acted improperly.
“I’ll say the same thing I said two weeks ago when there was a different press report, and that is that I have always acted appropriately and legally,” said Menendez at a press conference in Garwood to announce new legislation designed to highlight businesses that both make American-made products and support American workers.
Menendez’s comments came the day after a Wall Street Journal article asserted that federal investigators are preparing to file criminal charges against New Jersey’s senior senator as early as this week. The allegations against Menendez reportedly claim that he used his office to boost the business interests of a wealthy Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts.
Menendez went on to reiterate statements he made earlier this month questioning the reported Department of Justice leak that led to press reports about the putative charges.
“Leaks are in violation of the law. All of us who care justice and the law, should be concerned about where those leaks come from, even if you are the press and you take advantage of the leaks,” Menendez said. “You have to wonder – when there is a violation of the law and no one seems to be upset with that violation of the law. We will respond to any issues, any inquires and allegations when the time comes. Leaks in violation of the law should be investigated and prosecuted.”