Prosecutors say they will retry New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez

Ivan Schwartz
January 22, 2018

"The Justice Department has told a U.S. Federal Court that it intends to retry Senator Bob Menendez on corruption and bribery charges", Baldwin said, turning over to Schneider for details. Robert Menendez, whose previous trial ended in a deadlocked jury in November. Melgen, who was separately convicted past year in Florida of perpetrating a massive Medicare fraud, will also be retried, the Justice Department said.

"The United States files this notice of intent to retry the defendants and requests that the Court set the case for retrial at the earliest possible date", reads a notice submitted by Annalou Tirol, the acting chief of the Justice Department's public integrity section. The government says Menendez used political favors for gifts and donations to political campaigns.

"The first trial ended in a mistrial with a deadlocked jury".

Shortly after the mistrial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, called for a Senate Ethics Committee investigation.

"We are very disappointed that this Justice Department would retry this case", said Kirk Ogrosky, counsel to Melgen.

Menendez took trips on the doctor's private jet, vacations in Paris and the Dominican Republic and $750,000 in campaign contributions, the government said in the court proceedings. Bob Menendez, two months after a federal judge declared a mistrial in the high-profile bribery case.

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Mr. Menendez had been charged with 12 counts of corruption, including six counts of bribery and three counts of honest services fraud. The retrial announcement comes just as Menendez gears up for re-election in the fall.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - U.S. Sen. The senator also helped secure visas for Melgen's foreign girlfriends and asked US officials to resolve a port dispute in the Dominican Republic involving one of Melgen's companies, prosecutors said.

Menendez, a Democrat, denied accepting bribes from Melgen.

New Jersey voters have not elected a Republican to the Senate in more than 40 years.

Among other things, Menendez was accused of helping obtain visas for several of Melgen's girlfriends as well as lobby the State Department on his behalf regarding a $500 million port security contract in the Dominican Republic.

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