Court Document Reveals Menendez May Blame Wife in Trial

US Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, and his wife Nadine Arslanian, arrive at the US District Court, Southern District of New York, in New York City on September 27, 2023. Federal prosecutors charged Menendez and Arslanian, on September 22, 2023, with bribery and extortion, saying gold bars and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash had been found at their home. In one of several allegations, the Justice Department said Menendez had provided sensitive information to the Egyptian government in order to help an Egyptian-American businessman protect his monopoly. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

Senator Bob Menendez may pursue a strategy in his upcoming trial where he attributes blame to his wife, according to a court document unsealed on Tuesday following efforts by news organizations, to make it public.

This potential line of defense was submitted earlier this year under seal, before the judge ruled that Menendez and his wife, Nadine Menendez, would face separate trials due to her undisclosed medical condition.

The senator’s trial is set to commence on May 6 in Manhattan federal court.

In the court filing, defense attorneys indicated that Menendez might testify in his defense and suggest that his wife withheld information from him, leaving him unaware of any alleged illegal activities on her part.

“While these explanations, and the marital communications on which they rely, will tend to exonerate Senator Menendez by demonstrating the absence of any improper intent on Senator Menendez’s part, they may inculpate Nadine by demonstrating the ways in which she withheld information from Senator Menendez or otherwise led him to believe that nothing unlawful was taking place,” the filing stated.

Menendez faces accusations of accepting cash, gold bars, and other benefits from New Jersey businessmen in exchange for official favors to benefit the businessmen and the governments of Egypt and Qatar. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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