Federal charges expected against Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey

A person familiar with a federal investigation of Sen. Bob Menendez says the Justice Department is expected to bring criminal charges against the New Jersey Democrat in the coming weeks.

The disclosure comes as Menendez says he will answer questions from reporters in his home state after his office issued a statement saying all of his actions have been appropriate and lawful.

The person who disclosed the expected filing of charges did so on condition of anonymity because it is a pending investigation.

Menendez has been under investigation in a long-running probe stemming from his relationship with Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist as well as a friend and donor.

Attorney General Eric Holder declined to say Friday if he has authorized criminal charges against the senator.

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