Menendez fights charges, courts public
NEWARK, N.J. » U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez has spent about 30 hours over the last two weeks in a New Jersey courtroom fighting for his political career and freedom, while showing little sign outside the courtroom he’s in the middle of a federal corruption trial.
The New Jersey Democrat is defending himself against charges he lobbied government officials on behalf of a Florida eye doctor in exchange for campaign contributions and luxury vacations, and the trial is keeping him away from votes in Washington but not from Senate work entirely.
After prosecutors slammed him on the first day of the trial, Menendez attended a rally of about 100 people outside a federal building to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to end deportation protection for young immigrants living in the country illegally. His Twitter account blasted out messages saying he was “outraged” at Equifax, the credit-rating agency that was hacked.