Senator Menendez Faces Revised Indictment Restoring Counts

  • Government adds back allegations relating to his doctor friend
  • Trial in Democrat’s corruption case is set for September 2017

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez again faces charges that were dropped from the government’s bribery case last year.

Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, had persuaded a federal judge to dismiss four of 22 counts last fall because prosecutors failed to meet the legal standard for alleging that a donation that benefited him was a crime.

Prosecutors said Friday in a filing in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, that a grand jury indictment corrects the "charging defect" that led to the counts being dropped. They added back to the case allegations related to Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor who sought the senator’s help in several disputes with the U.S. government.

Menendez was accused in last year’s indictment of corruptly taking almost $1 million in campaign donations, luxury travel and other gifts from Melgen for intervening on his behalf. Both men have pleaded not guilty. The revised indictment restores allegations related to Melgen’s $20,000 payment to a legal defense fund that benefited Menendez.

An appeals court last month refused to overturn a lower court’s rejection of Menendez’s bid to dismiss his corruption indictment.

Menendez’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, didn’t immediately respond to phone and e-mail messages after regular business hours seeking comment on Friday’s filing.

A trial is set for Sept. 6, 2017.

The case is U.S. v. Menendez, 15-cr-00155, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (Newark).

— With assistance by David Voreacos

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