In return, according to a federal indictment of Mr. Menendez unsealed on Friday, Mr. Menendez and his wife, Nadine Menendez, received hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, checks and bars of gold. To all appearances, Mr. Menendez was one of those calling for change. As the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Menendez has an ability, shared with only three other members of Congress, to stymie Washington’s weapons sales. The deals also helped enrich him, and served as a way for Cairo to get money to Mr. Menendez, according to the indictment. The post For Egypt, Menendez Was Key to Access to Billions in U.S. Aid appeared first on New York Times.