- by cnn
- 02 Dec 2023
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Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez was indicted Friday for the second time in 10 years on bribery and corruption charges.
In this new case, federal authorities allege he and his wife accepted a luxury Mercedes, envelopes full of cash and multiple bars of gold in exchange for influence and favors. It's wild. Read CNN's report.
Menendez denies the allegations, and he has a track record of beating bribery charges. The last time the government took him to court, a jury deadlocked, a judge acquitted him of some charges and the government finally dropped that separate set of bribery charges. Menendez was able to win reelection.
He's up for reelection again next year, and Democrats badly need to keep his New Jersey seat if they have any hope of maintaining control of the Senate.
The case, if nothing else, is a serious complication to former President Donald Trump's often-repeated claim that he is the subject of a partisan "witch hunt."
An unusually feisty Attorney General Merrick Garland rejected any such claim during testimony on Capitol Hill this week.
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