The FBI and federal prosecutors are determining if Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., or his wife received unreported gifts of a Mercedes and a Washington, D.C., apartment from a New Jersey-based halal meat company that is also the target of a criminal investigation, The New York Times reported.
A lawyer who met with prosecutors told the Times that the Menendez probe is connected to a 2019 government search of the home of the meat company’s president and its offices.
The search was conducted after the Egyptian government decided in 2019 to make the company – IS EG Halal of Edgewater, N.J. – the only authorized importer of halal meat into the country, despite being warned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the move could drive up the price of meat for 90 million Egyptian Muslims.
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