Lawyers for Senator Robert Menendez sought to show jurors that the New Jersey Democrat was motivated by a desire to improve public policy and not by corrupt intent when he intervened in a Medicare billing dispute at the heart of his bribery trial.
When are gifts from a friend a bribe?
The corruption case of Senator Robert Menendez and a close friend will go forward, after a judge declined to dismiss the charges and said jurors should decide whether prosecutors had met a toughened standard laid out by the U.S. Supreme Court for proving public bribery.
The bribery case against New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez may be on the ropes.
New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez’s corruption trial includes an allegation that he intervened in a Medicare billing dispute on behalf of a close friend, who rewarded his help with bribes of campaign donations and luxury travel. Menendez maintains that he was simply trying to fix a bad policy.
Senator Robert Menendez took the rare step of arranging a meeting with an Obama cabinet secretary to criticize a Medicare policy at the heart of a billing dispute between his close friend and the U.S. government, jurors at the lawmaker’s bribery trial were told.
When Donald Trump’s campaign chairman offered private briefings to a Russian oligarch close to President Vladimir Putin last year, he wasn’t only appealing to a superpower, he was pursuing a personal mission: the end to a costly dispute over a failed business deal.
The bribery trial of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez has featured testimony about private jet trips, Caribbean resorts and a bevy of his co-defendant’s girlfriends. Even so, much of the spiciest dialogue has come from the judge.
Federal jurors have seen contrasting images of Senator Robert Menendez, who went on trial this month on bribery and fraud charges with his close friend and political donor Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor. Prosecutors describe Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, as a corrupt politician who intervened in government business on Melgen’s behalf in exchange for large campaign contributions and luxury travel, including a $1,500-a-night Paris hotel room. Menendez’s attorneys cast their client as a di
Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, called on the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate leaks after CNN reported that the FBI conducted separate wiretap investigations of him before and after the election last year.
Jurors at the bribery trial of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez got to see photographs of the luxurious resorts he enjoyed in the Dominican Republic with his co-defendant, a political donor and close friend who hosted him.
Senator Robert Menendez reimbursed a close friend for tens of thousands of dollars in private jet trips more than two years after the fact -- and only after the press started asking questions, an FBI agent testified in the New Jersey Democrat’s corruption trial on Thursday.
Senator Robert Menendez’s intervention with a U.S. ambassador to help a 22-year-old woman get a visa damaged his reputation, a former aide said in an email shown to jurors at the lawmaker’s corruption trial.
A former staff member for U.S. Senator Robert Menendez told a jury in the politician’s corruption trial that he helped a Brazilian woman and two sisters from the Dominican Republic get visas so they could help visit the senator’s co-defendant, a close friend and campaign donor.
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.”
With Washington already riveted by looming fights over the budget, immigration, and a possible government shutdown, yet another drama began unfolding some 220 miles north where the bribery trial of Senator Robert Menendez got underway and his lawyer contested charges that the New Jersey Democrat was corrupt.
To hear prosecutors tell it, Senator Robert Menendez was corrupted by a Florida eye doctor who lavished him with a stream of gifts -- like private jet travel, a Paris hotel suite and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations -- to buy clout with government officials.
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, in trying to help a campaign donor who was accused of overbilling the government, enlisted then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to “amplify the pressure” on the Obama administration, the Justice Department said.
Donald Trump discussed a proposal to build a hotel and condominium tower in Moscow on three occasions with his company’s lawyer, who emailed the press secretary for Russian President Vladimir Putin to ask for assistance on the project.
Senator Robert Menendez’s lawyers tried again to persuade the judge overseeing his bribery trial to adjust the calendar to accommodate key votes in Washington, arguing that failing to do so poses a “very real threat” to legislative independence.
Six men and six women from a wide range of professions were chosen as jurors for the corruption trial of New Jersey’s Democratic Senator Robert Menendez and a donor accused of bribing him for help with various government disputes.
The question of whether Robert Menendez will remain one of the most powerful Democrats in the U.S. Senate or go to prison could turn on whether favors he did for a large donor are deemed “official acts.”
Special counsel Robert Mueller is using a federal grand jury in Washington to help collect information as he probes Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion by Trump campaign associates, according to three people familiar with the investigation.
He once helped Russians and other Eastern Europeans move $1.4 billion through U.S. banks and, federal authorities claimed, set up more than 2,000 shell companies for anonymous Russian brokers.
The meeting that Donald Trump Jr. had in June 2016 with a woman billed as a Russian government lawyer included at least one other person with long-standing ties to Russia.
The mastermind of the George Washington Bridge lane-closing plot avoided prison despite devising a politically motivated scheme that used crippling traffic to punish a New Jersey mayor for failing to endorse New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
The mastermind of the George Washington Bridge lane-closing plot joined prosecutors in urging a judge to spare him prison because he provided “extraordinary” cooperation against two former allies of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who were convicted of crimes linked to the scheme.
Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the FBI will hear two questions repeatedly from senators at his confirmation hearing Wednesday: did the president demand loyalty in exchange for his nomination, and can he stand up to the White House when the job requires it.
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.
President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will nominate former Justice Department official Christopher A. Wray as FBI director, a day before the man he fired from that post, James Comey, testifies before a Senate committee.
The last time former FBI director James Comey stood up to the White House, Robert Mueller was right beside him.
One question is now gripping much of the U.S.: Did President Donald Trump commit a crime in his first month in the Oval Office?
A South Florida eye doctor who is accused of paying bribes to New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez was convicted in a separate case of defrauding Medicare of tens of millions of dollars. His conviction raises the possibility that the physician may try to help prosecutors in their case against the lawmaker.
One of the juror’s who convicted two allies of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told the judge’s staff of feeling “overwhelmed” during deliberations and wanting to quit the panel, according to newly unsealed court documents.
As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in Washington touting a commission to combat drug addiction, a federal judge back home assailed the political climate he created and sentenced two of his ex-allies to prison for their roles in the scandal known as Bridgegate.
Two former allies of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who were convicted of joining a political plot to create crippling traffic near the George Washington Bridge should serve about three years each in prison, U.S. prosecutors told a judge.
A Virginia judge helped tee up an argument likely to be fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court over President Donald Trump’s efforts to restrict travel to the U.S. from six predominantly Muslim countries.
Preet Bharara, the fired U.S. attorney in Manhattan who made his reputation as a corruption buster and Wall Street enforcer, is joining the New York University School of Law as a distinguished scholar, school officials said.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a long-shot appeal from Senator Robert Menendez, clearing the way for a criminal corruption trial that could begin as early as this fall.
New Jersey’s former top federal prosecutor criticized the Trump administration’s handling of his forced resignation, saying despite more than seven years on the job he was given only seven hours to leave and no time to prepare his successor.
A Florida jury heard conflicting accounts of Medicare-fraud allegations against a wealthy eye doctor, who is also charged separately with bribing U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat.
On the day that President Donald Trump unveiled a revised and less restrictive travel ban, immigration advocates across the country began preparing a second round of legal challenges to what some described as a watered-down version of the original.
A former close political ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who pleaded guilty to pressuring United Airlines to fly a money-losing route convenient to his family’s weekend home deserves two years in prison for his “outrageous abuse of power,” U.S. prosecutors said.
President Donald Trump could solve the most glaring problem a federal appeals court found with his travel ban by explicitly saying it doesn’t cover immigrants who already have a permanent right to live in the U.S.
A federal appeals court unanimously refused to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, issuing a sharp rebuke in a ruling likely destined for the U.S. Supreme Court.
President Donald Trump defended his power to put limits on who can enter the U.S., saying it shouldn’t be challenged in the courts even as a three-judge panel weighs whether to reinstate restrictions on refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations.
The Trump administration likely won’t get an appeals court decision until later this week on its request to reinstate a travel ban on citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries, leaving U.S. borders open to citizens with valid visas and refugees for the time being.
Did President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration ban Muslims from the country on the basis of their religion? That will be a central question when federal judges dig more deeply into the constitutionality of the order, signed on Jan. 27. If the answer is yes, it appears vulnerable to a First Amendment challenge.
Donald Trump may have found a sure-fire way to avoid taking the witness stand this month to face Trump University students who say he cheated them -- get elected president.
Chris Christie behaves like a “master puppeteer” who knows all that goes on in his administration, concluded a juror who weighed evidence in the seven-week corruption trial and voted to convict two of the New Jersey governor’s former allies.
Two former allies of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were convicted of joining a partisan plot to create crippling traffic near the George Washington Bridge as punishment for a local mayor who wouldn’t support the governor’s 2013 re-election.
Two former allies of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, accused of creating traffic havoc near the George Washington Bridge, asked for a mistrial following a dispute over the judge’s instructions to the jury.
Lawyers for two former allies of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said a judge’s response to jurors sets up a guilty verdict by discarding any consideration of motive in deciding whether they illegally closed access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.
Jurors began deliberations in the George Washington Bridge trial Monday after hearing final arguments from a defense attorney who claimed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie lied about his knowledge of the scheme to protect his White House ambitions.
Closing arguments in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial began with a video image of a single, one-sentence e-mail that has come to define the scandal: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”
A federal judge delayed closing arguments in the George Washington Bridge lane-closings trial over a “legal issue” that she didn’t identify.
The George Washington Bridge traffic jams trial is wrapping up after a former top aide to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said seven prosecution witnesses lied or had faulty memories in testifying against her.
A former top aide to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said mistreating a mayor who displeased her boss was part of the “company mentality” that she adopted in an office where she lived in fear of the governor’s angry rebukes.
On the fourth day of George Washington Bridge lane closings that caused massive traffic jams in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie was told that the borough’s mayor suspected that the gridlock was a form of political retaliation, a former top Christie aide testified.