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Menendez Judge Blasts U.S. for ‘Tabloid’ Start to Bribery Case

  • Prosecution details Paris hotel suite and bathroom perks
  • ‘I’m not going to permit this to be a tabloid trial’ -- judge
Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, center, arrives at federal court with his children Alicia Menendez, left, and Robert Jr. Menendez in Newark, New Jersey, on Sept. 6, 2017.

Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, center, arrives at federal court with his children Alicia Menendez, left, and Robert Jr. Menendez in Newark, New Jersey, on Sept. 6, 2017.

Photographer: Louis Lanzano/Bloomberg
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Prosecutors had barely begun presenting evidence in a federal corruption trial of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez when the judge lit into them for painstaking questions about a $1,500-a-night Paris hotel suite where the lawmaker stayed, saying the government’s case was “tabloid in nature.”

Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, went on trial Wednesday in Newark, New Jersey, accused of using his office to advance the business and personal interests of a wealthy friend, Salomon Melgen, in exchange for private jet trips and luxury stays in Paris and the Dominican Republic. Melgen, a Florida eye doctor, is also charged.