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Menendez Judge Seeks Impartial Jury as Corruption Trial Looms

  • Lawyers will begin questioning jurors Aug. 22 in Newark
  • New Jersey Democrat accused of taking bribes from top donor
Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, listens during a Senate Finance Committee hearing in Washington on Jan. 19, 2017.

Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, listens during a Senate Finance Committee hearing in Washington on Jan. 19, 2017.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

A federal judge on Wednesday began trying to find 16 New Jersey residents who can be fair and impartial jurors in the September corruption trial of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and a top donor. 

Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, is accused of improperly seeking to help Florida doctor Salomon Melgen in a Medicare overbilling case, a contract dispute with the Dominican Republic and with visa applications for three girlfriends. Prosecutors say Menendez accepted nearly $1 million in campaign donations and luxury travel, including a Paris vacation, from Melgen.