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Clashes Over Evidence Dominate Menendez Bribery Trial



    Senator Goes on Trial for Corruption

    New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez is on trial for corruption. Brian Thompson reports.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017)

    What to Know

    • Sen. Menendez is accused of accepting bribes from Salomon Melgen in exchange for helping his friend with business disputes and with the visa

    • Menendez and Melgen have contended in court filings that the gifts were evidence of the pair's longtime friendship, not a corrupt agreement

    • Both men face multiple fraud and bribery charges; Menendez has pleaded not guilty and denies any wrongdoing

    Clashes over what evidence the jury will hear are again dominating the bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy friend.

    Attorneys tangled on Tuesday over the prosecution's plans to show jurors a news release from Menendez's office and a CNN interview the New Jersey Democrat did in 2013.

    Prosecutors say that evidence shows Menendez trying to conceal the number of flights he took on a plane owned by Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.

    The two men are charged with a bribery scheme in which Menendez allegedly traded political influence for Melgen's gifts.

    Menendez Corruption Trial Underway

    [NY] Menendez Corruption Trial Underway

    New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez is on trial for corruption. Jonathan Dienst reports.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017)

    Defense attorneys say that for the sake of context, jurors should see a segment of the interview in which Menendez responds to rumors that he was involved with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.

    Those allegations were discredited.

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