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Key witness Jose Uribe, who said he bribed Bob Menendez, will continue to testify in the New Jersey senator's trial

Key prosecution witness testifies he bribed Senator Bob Menendez and his wife Nadine

Key prosecution witness testifies he bribed Senator Bob Menendez and his wife Nadine


Washington — A star witness who Testified The trial in the bribery case of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez will be held again on Monday.

Jose Uribe, a New Jersey insurance broker, told jurors last week that he had purchased insurance for the Democratic senator's wife. Nadine MenendezThe senator was given a new Mercedes-Benz convertible car in exchange for his “power and influence” to stop criminal investigations against his business associates.

Uribe pleaded guilty in March and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in the case. The case against MenendezWho has declared himself innocent and has denied taking bribe.

In 2018, Uribe was desperate to help a business associate who was accused of insurance fraud and an employee who was under investigation.

“I was devastated,” Uribe said Friday.

Uribe said in testimony that his friend, Viel Hanna, who is facing trial alongside Menendez, told him he had “a way to make these things go away” for $200,000 to $250,000, and he also mentioned Menendez.

“What did he say about them?” prosecutor Lara Pomerantz asked.

“He can go to Nadine,” Uribe said. “Nadine will work with Senator Menendez.”

Prosecutors allege that Menendez called New Jersey State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in January 2019 to disrupt the insurance fraud case. However, the alleged interference did not work and Uribe's business associate eventually pleaded guilty. But the investigation into Uribe's employee, whom he believes to be his daughter, continued.

Uribe said he sent repeated messages to Hanna assuring her that the issue would be handled favorably by the senator, but he didn't expect Hanna to listen to him. So, he approached Nadine Menendez himself in March 2019 and made an offer: “As long as she keeps helping me, I'll provide the car,” he said.

Nadine Menendez needed a car after the accident in December 2018 and Complained to Hana He told about not having a vehicle.

He told jurors that Uribe and Nadine Menendez had agreed that he would buy her a car and that the senator, whom she was to marry next year, would try to have the investigation dropped.

Menendez is on trial alongside Hana, the owner of a halal certification company, and real estate developer Fred Debs. Hana and Debs, who are accused of trying to bribe the senator, have also pleaded not guilty.

The judge postponed Nadine Menendez's trial until later this summer because she Breast cancer treatmentHe has also declared himself innocent.


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