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Justice Department to re-try Sen. Bob Menendez on bribery, corruption charges

Justice Department to re-try Sen. Bob Menendez on bribery, corruption charges

In the filing, they said "an early retrial date is in the best interest of the public". Robert Menendez on bribery and corruption charges after an earlier trial ended in a deadlocked jury last fall.

Following the hung jury, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for an ethics probe against Menendez.

Mr. Menendez was accused of doing favors for a close friend, Dr. Salomon Melgen, a wealthy eye doctor from Florida, in exchange for gifts, including rides on his private plane, and political donations.

Prosecutors said Menendez pressured government officials on Melgen's behalf over an $8.9 million Medicare billing dispute and a stalled contract to provide port screening equipment in the Dominican Republic, and also helped obtain USA visas for the doctor's girlfriends.

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Melgen allegedly provided Menendez with vacations and hundreds of thousands of dollars towards his campaign. The most serious charge against Menendez, honest services fraud, is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The judge declared a mistrial after interviewing jurors in his office, saying that there was "no alternative".

Democrats who closely watched Menendez's first trial as they weighed bids for his office, including former Sen.

"To those who were digging my political grave so they could jump into my seat, I know who you are and I won't forget you", he said at the time.

Melgen was found guilty last April on 67 counts of defrauding Medicare to the tune of $105 million.


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