Me­nen­dez fights charges, courts public

The Record (Troy, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

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.

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