US Senator allegedly bribed with 'stacks of gold bars'

That's it from us for today on the charges, but we plan to continue coverage as more unfolds on the case.

Before we close this page, we want to bring you Bob Menendez's statement on the indictments against him.

Senator Menendez has released a fiery response to the case, calling it part of an active smear campaign

extolling his congressional and foreign policy record, and vowing that

this matter will be successfully resolved once all of the facts are presented

For years, forces behind the scenes have repeatedly attempted to silence my voice and dig my political grave

he says in the statement, but does not identify anyone specifically

He also says his wife, Nadine Menendez, is being prosecuted for "longstanding friendships she had before she and I even met"

The senator refers to another corruption case against him, which ended in mistrial five years ago, saying he has been falsely accused before.