Robert Menendez

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Menendez Corruption Charges

“After raising Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-NJ) hopes last week, a federal judge crushed them on Monday morning,” Politico reports.

“U.S. District Court Judge William Walls refused to toss any of the 18 charges in the corruption case against Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, despite last week casting doubt on a legal theory that’s at the heart of the prosecution’s case.”

Will McDonnell Ruling Save Menendez?

“The bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has reached a critical moment, with the judge overseeing the case deciding whether to dismiss a big chunk of the corruption allegations facing the New Jersey Democrat,” Politico reports.

“U.S. District Judge William Walls stunned federal prosecutors last week when he expressed doubts over whether the Justice Department’s bribery charges against Menendez should move forward in light of the Supreme Court’s 2016 decision throwing out the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. That ruling impacted the legal definition of bribery, including the ‘string of benefits’ theory used by prosecutors to charge Menendez.”

“Walls’ bombshell left open the possibility that Menendez could escape the most serious allegations against him, possibly even allowing him to remain in office.”

Prosecutors Rest Case Against Menendez

“Prosecutors rested their federal corruption case against Sen. Bob Menendez Wednesday, capping off weeks of a trial that could determine the political future of the New Jersey Democrat,” CNN reports.

“Over 18 days of testimony from 35 witnesses, prosecutors have tried to establish a ‘quid pro quo’ bribery theory that they set forth during open arguments.”

Prosecutors Say Menendez Led Bribery Scheme

Federal prosecutors say that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) allegedly starting taking bribes from a wealthy donor shortly after he entered the Senate in 2006, Politico reports.

“Menendez’s bribery and corruption trial is set to begin next week. In preparation for that, Justice Department prosecutors filed a new document Wednesday laying out their case against the New Jersey senator, as well as Dr. Salomon Melgen, his alleged co-conspirator. Melgen has already been convicted in a separate case of bilking Medicare but has not been sentenced yet.”

Christie Won’t Appoint Himself to Senate Seat

Gov. Chris Christie (R) said he probably wouldn’t appoint himself to the U.S. Senate if Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) were to resign following his federal corruption trial, Politico reports.

Said Christie: “I don’t see that happening. I really do believe that some of us are built for executive positions and some of us are built for legislative positions. I think I’m much more of an executive branch kind of guy.”

For members: Democrats Have a Lot Riding on a Corruption Trial

Menendez Indicted on Corruption Charges

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) “was indicted on federal corruption charges on Wednesday, setting the stage for a bitter court fight and putting his political future in doubt,” the New York Times reports.

“Mr. Menendez was charged with seven counts of bribery, which carry up to 15 years in prison on each charge. He was also charged with conspiracy, fraud, and making false statements on government documents.”

National Journal reports Menendez will voluntarily step down as ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee .

Menendez Expects Indictment Tomorrow

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is expecting a federal indictment Wednesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

“Menendez has been traveling, but is expected to be back in New Jersey tomorrow and people around him expect the long-awaited corruption charges to be brought then. The case is being handled by the Department of Justice in Washington, but a grand jury has been meeting in Newark.”

Stevens Prosecution Looms Over Menendez Case

“In 2008, the Justice Department took the unusual step of indicting a sitting United States senator. Prosecutors described the senator, Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican, as a crafty politician who concealed the expensive gifts that had been lavished upon him by one of his friends, a millionaire oil contractor. The case ultimately collapsed, becoming an embarrassing cautionary tale about overzealous prosecuting,” the New York Times reports.

“Now, federal corruption prosecutors are close to once again bringing charges against a senator, Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat. The Justice Department’s public corruption unit, which was overhauled after the Stevens case, is running the investigation. Once again, the case involves a lawmaker and gifts from a wealthy friend.”

Corruption Charges Against Menendez Coming

“Federal investigators are preparing to file criminal charges against Sen. Robert Menendez as early as this week, following a legal battle over how much the Constitution shields lawmakers and their aides,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“The specific charges weren’t immediately clear, but the agency has been probing whether Mr. Menendez took things of value from a friend and donor Salomon Melgen, a prominent Florida eye doctor who is facing a probe into his billing practices, according to people familiar with the probe.”

Feds to Charge Menendez with Corruption

The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), “alleging he used his Senate office to push the business interests of a Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts,” CNN reports.

“People briefed on the case say Attorney General Eric Holder has signed off on prosecutors’ request to proceed with charges, CNN has learned exclusively. An announcement could come within weeks. Prosecutors are under pressure in part because of the statute of limitation on some of the allegations.”