Federal prosecutors are investigating whether or not Nadine Arslanian, the spouse of senior US Senator Bob Menendez, accepted items or providers in change for favors from her husband, US media mentioned.
The Wall Road Journal, citing folks aware of the matter, mentioned on Friday that the US lawyer’s workplace for the Southern District of New York has subpoenaed associates of Arslanian.
Subpoenas issued in latest months have sought data on the couple, however it isn’t clear what particular data they’re in search of.
The present probe dates again to at the least 2019, in line with the Journal, when federal investigators issued search warrants on the dwelling and workplace of businessman Wael Hana, who runs the one firm allowed to certify halal (permitted by Muslim guidelines) meat exports to Egypt.
Hana, the founding father of IS EG Halal, is reportedly an related of Arslanian.
Prosecutors had been analyzing doable undisclosed overseas lobbying within the US and different potential violations of federal legislation, in line with courtroom paperwork filed in 2020 by Hana’s lawyer Lawrence Lustberg.
In a press release, the lawyer mentioned that Hana is conscious of the federal government’s ongoing probe and has requested prosecutors to share extra details about the main focus of the probe so he can handle any issues.
He mentioned he believes the probe will discover that Hana did “nothing mistaken, together with that IS EG was awarded its Halal certification contract with Egypt with none help in any way from any US public official.”
Additionally, prosecutors in latest months reportedly subpoenaed a New Jersey lawyer, Antranig Aslanian, who’s a longtime good friend of Arslanian and has represented Hana.
The probe is separate from a 2015 public-corruption case prosecutors introduced in opposition to Menendez, which led to a mistrial.