Former Menendez staffers push counter narrative at trial

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s former employees are telling a different story about an alleged bribery scheme than prosecutors have presented.

Several have testified at the Democrat’s trial that he was interested in policy issues and not advocating with executive branch officials on behalf of a wealthy friend.

Prosecutors introduced emails and meeting notes Thursday in an attempt to chip away at those claims.

Menendez and Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen are charged in an alleged bribery scheme in which Melgen offered Menendez free flights on his private jet and other gifts in exchange for help with business issues. One of those was an $8.9 million Medicare billing dispute.

Both men say the gifts were an outgrowth of their longtime friendship.

The defense could rest its case next week.


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, send us an email.