Democratic Senator’s Wife Under Federal Investigation

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A cloud of suspicion has descended once again upon Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, who several years ago beat federal corruption charges.

This time, the focus of investigators is not just the senator, but also his wife, Nadine Arslanian, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Citing what it said were “people familiar with the matter,” the Journal said investigators are probing “whether his wife received gifts or services from individuals who sought favors from the New Jersey politician.”

The website Semafor reported last month that an investigation related to Menendez was underway, but did not reveal details.

At the time, Menendez adviser Michael Soliman offered a response to an inquiry from Politico

“Senator Menendez is aware of an investigation that was reported on today. However, he does not know the scope of the investigation,” he said. “As always, should any official inquiries be made, the Senator is available to provide any assistance that is requested of him or his office.”

The Journal report said the investigation is being conducted by the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York.

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