Senator Menendez Faces Revised Indictment Restoring CountsBy and
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