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Prosecutors in Sen. Bob Menendez bribery case cite recordings by ‘confidential source’

Federal prosecutors cited previously undisclosed recordings from a confidential informant in a new filing that fires back at an effort by Sen. Bob Menendez’s attorneys to dismiss the indictment  accusing him of accepting bribes from a foreign government and conspiring to act as a foreign agent.

In a 196-page filing, prosecutors referred to the existence of recordings, made by at least one “confidential source” who discusses the case, and a host of evidence they intend to introduce.

A spokesperson and an attorney for Menendez, D-N.J., did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday night.

Prosecutors wrote in the filing that “the recording by a confidential source discussing the bribery scheme reflects that there was no honor among thieves.” The recording also suggested that Menendez and his wife had been “swindled” by co-defendant Wael Hana, a New Jersey businessman, who had not given them “the full value of the bribes they should have received,” they wrote.

An attorney for Hana did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday night.

Menendez and his wife are accused of taking bribes from Hana. In exchange, Menendez is accused of using his position as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to help Hana win an exclusive halal meat inspection contract with the Egyptian government.

Menendez’s attorneys have sought to get the indictment tossed out, arguing that his activities were protected under the Constitution.

Prosecutors argue in the filing that the evidence shows Menendez’s participation in a conspiracy with Hana that was the subject of a bribe and an alleged scheme to benefit the Egyptian government.

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