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Bob Menendez says he will be 'vindicated' at bribery trial

Bob Menendez says he will be 'vindicated' at bribery trial”

Robert Menendez in a courtroom in Newark, where opening arguments are scheduled in the first trial in nearly a decade of a sitting U.S. Senator. I think the court has disparaged the defense.

He told the crowd, "We can keep the dream alive".

"For example, if a senator received a gift of a Rolex in exchange for voting a particular way on a bill pending before Congress, that would be an official act", said Stephen Orlofsky, a former federal judge and an attorney with law firm Blank Rome in Princeton. Among the gifts prosecutors say Melgen gave Menendez were flights on Melgen's private jet, vacations at Melgen's private villa in the Dominican Republic frequented by celebrities like Beyonce and Jay Z, and a three-night stay at a luxury Paris hotel valued at almost $5,000.

"If the senator wishes to absent himself at times for purposes of vote, that is his prerogative and I have no problem with that", Walls said during a hearing last month. The judge said he was not privy to special, or "preferential treatment" simply because he was a US senator.

"This case is about a corrupt politician who sold his Senate office for a life of luxury he couldn't afford, and a greedy doctor who put that politician on his payroll for whenever he needed the services of a United States senator", Peter Koski, deputy chief of the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section, said in his opening statement of Menendez's corruption trial. Booker was in court on Wednesday to support him.

Menendez, who has denied the charges, is expected to argue that the gifts he received from Melgen were due to their close friendship - and that he advocated for the doctor as he would any constituent.

Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) leaving the podium after speaking to the media during a news conference in Newark, New Jersey, April 1, 2015.

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On the same day that a $300,000 check from Melgen arrived at a Menendez political-action committee June 7, 2012, Menendez met with CMS's highest-ranking official and pressed the agency to "change the reimbursement policy leading to the $8.9 million repayment demand", the feds say.

When attorney Abbe Lowell pointed out that the motion was filed according to the judge's order from last December, Walls replied, "Fine".

The campaign includes a Snapchat filter available near the courthouse that has a banner saying "Bye Bye Bob Menendez" as well as an airplane, an apparent reference to what prosecutors say was the senator's acceptance of lavish trips to the Caribbean and Paris in return for helping Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen with lobbying.

Opening statements were delayed Wednesday to seat one regular juror and two alternate jurors.

"Not once have I dishonored my public office", Sen.

If Menendez leaves office before January 17, 2018, New Jersey's Republican governor Chris Christie can appoint a temporary replacement.



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