Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, was charged today with using his office to improperly benefit a Florida eye doctor and political donor.
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Menendez says he’ll be “vindicated” in a corruption case against him.
He says defiantly he has always acted in accordance with the law and fought for what’s right and isn’t “going anywhere”
The federal grand jury indictment accuses Menendez of using the power of his Senate seat to benefit a wealthy Florida eye doctor who prosecutors say provided him with luxury vacations, airline travel, golf trips and monetary contributions to a legal defense fund.
Menendez previously acknowledged taking actions that could benefit his friend but said he did nothing wrong.
He says he’s “ready to fight” the charges. He’s scheduled to appear in court in Newark on Thursday.
A federal grand jury today indicted the New Jersey Democrat on charges including conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud. Prosecutors had been investigating whether Menendez improperly advocated for the business interests of Dr. Salomon Melgen, including by intervening on the doctor’s behalf in a medical billing dispute.