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Clashes Over Evidence Dominate Menendez Bribery Trial

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.

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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