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David Voreacos

Menendez Lawyers Say Policy Concern, Not Bribery, Drove Actions

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.

Menendez Bribe Case Proceeds After Judge Rejects Dismissal

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.

Medicare Policy Also Confused Reid, Aide Testifies in Menendez Trial

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.

Manafort’s Offer to Russian Oligarch Was Tied to Disputed Deal

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.

Here Are the Photos Shown to Menendez Bribery Trial Jurors

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

Manafort Urges Justice Department to Release Any Wiretaps of Him

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.

Menendez Jury Is Told Staff Helped Get Visas on Behalf of Donor

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.

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

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 Rebuffs U.S. Attack as Bribery Trial Gets Underway

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.

Menendez Hopes Friendship With Donor Overcomes Tawdry Testimony

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.

Harry Reid Sought White House Help for Menendez Donor, DOJ Says

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.

Menendez Tries Again to Balance Trial Pace With Senate Votes

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.

Mueller Using Washington Grand Jury in Russia Probe

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.

Trump’s FBI Pick Faces Questions on Independence Versus Loyalty

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.

Florida Doctor Tied to Menendez Convicted of Medicare Fraud

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.

Christie’s Former Allies Get Prison Time for Bridgegate Roles

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.

Christie Allies Deserve 3 Years for Bridge Plot, U.S. Says

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.

Bharara Joins NYU After Trump Fired Him as U.S. Attorney

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.

Bridgegate Prosecutor Faults Abrupt Ouster of U.S. Attorneys

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.

Trump on Immigration Power: I Can Do Whatever I Want

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.

Travel-Ban Ruling Unlikely Today as Court Weighs Trump Appeal

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.

White House Immigration Ban Promises Constitutional Showdown

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.

Christie Allies Found Guilty on All Counts in Bridge Trial

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.

Christie Allies’ Lawyers Say Jury Direction Sabotages Case

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.

Christie Bashed Before Jurors Weigh Evidence in Bridge Case

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.

Christie Aide Testimony Again Challenges Governor’s Denials

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.