Menendez attempts to have U.S. corruption case dismissed

Indicted U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey has said in court filings that the government’s corruption case against him is flawed and should be dismissed.

Menendez’s attorneys filed motions Monday.

They claimed the government improperly presented evidence to a grand jury that should have been off-limits under laws governing legislative activities.

Another motion accused the government of prosecutorial misconduct for allegedly intimidating witnesses and presenting false testimony to the grand jury.

Menendez was charged in April with conspiracy and multiple counts of bribery after allegedly accepting gifts and campaign donations from a Florida eye doctor in exchange for political favors.

Menendez has claimed he and the doctor, Salomon Melgen, have been friends for years and that he did nothing illegal.

A federal judge in Newark has set a trial date for October.

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