Economy

USA senator in court over luxury travel bribe charges

USA senator in court over luxury travel bribe charges”

"Not once have I dishonored my public office", Menendez said on his way into court. Sen.

Koski also accused Menendez of intervening in an alleged $8.9 million billing dispute over Medicare and of pushing Dominican Republic officials to honor Melgen's security screening shipping contract with the country's ports.

Prosecutors claim Democrat Robert Menendez, 63, used his position as New Jersey senator to pursue the interests of wealthy Florida businessman and ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen. "There's no friendship exception to breaking the law".

Among the gifts prosecutors say Melgen gave Menendez were flights on the doctor's private jet, vacations at his private villa in the Dominican Republic frequented by celebrities like Beyoncé and JAY-Z, and a three-night stay at a luxury Paris hotel valued at almost $5,000.

Not one of the evening shows on the Big Three broadcast networks touched the beginning of the trial, which heated up when the judge in the case told Menendez's lawyer to "shut up". The two men met in the early 1990s and are close friends, defense attorneys say.

Similarly, Menendez's interest in port security in the Dominican Republic stemmed from a concern that potential US -supplied screening equipment wouldn't be used correctly, he said.

"A bribery case is not a mix-and-match event", he said. He will resume Thursday.

Jurors will have to wade through complex legal concepts, including whether Menendez's interactions with executive branch officials were "official acts" as defined under federal bribery statutes.

The Latest on the corruption trial of U.S. Sen.

Before coming into court, Menendez made what his aide said will be his last statement until the trial is over, CBS New York reports. His conviction was overturned after a Justice Department investigation concluded prosecutors had committed misconduct.

"Robert Menendez was Salomon Melgen's personal USA senator", Koski said in a wood-paneled courtroom packed with attorneys, reporters, and supporters of Menendez including Cory Booker, the junior senator from New Jersey and a fellow Democrat.

Ogrosky said Melgen offered flights out of an ethos of hospitality rooted in his Dominican culture, and that Menendez often paid his own way to visit the doctor at his villa in the Caribbean nation during the same period as the free trips the government characterizes as bribes.

Before court began, Menendez stood outside the courthouse, flanked by his two adult children and at times choking back tears.

"And I believe when all the facts are known, I will be vindicated".



Like this

Latest


07 September 2017
NBT Bank NA NY Has $307000 Position in Novo Nordisk A/S (NVO)
AlphaMark Advisors LLC raised its holdings in shares of Novo Nordisk A/S by 1.1% in the second quarter. On Wednesday, November 4 the stock rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with "Sector Perform".

07 September 2017
Fujifilm X-E3 Rangefinder Mirrorless Compact Camera Announced
Fujifilm also unveiled a new macro lens, the XF80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS, its "first 1.0x magnification mid-telephoto macro lens". Fuji says the new system can track subjects that are half the size or moving twice as fast now compared to previous cameras.

07 September 2017
2 officers injured by vehicle fleeing Brooklyn crime scene
The two officers then noticed a dark-colored Nissan sedan with North Carolina plates speeding down the street, officials said. Investigators said a gun found on the ground near the crash scene may have been used in the incident of shots fired.

07 September 2017
Goodwill taking clothing donations for Harvey victims
The relief also applies to taxpayers not in the disaster area but whose records are located in the disaster area. Plan loans made pursuant to the announcement must satisfy certain requirements as well.

07 September 2017
Blizzard unveils plans for new e-sports arena in Los Angeles
Blizzard Entertainment's esports will get their own home soon: Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, located in Burbank, California. Many of its popular games - including Overwatch , Hearthstone , and Heroes of the Storm - have thriving esports scenes.

07 September 2017
Drive File Stream is rolling out to all G Suite users
But these settings won't actually work until Tuesday, September 26th, when Drive File Stream becomes generally available to users. That one is likely related because Classroom, Google's tool for teachers and students, uses Drive for saving attachments.

07 September 2017
Two army porters injured in cross LoC firing in Poonch
Singh is arriving on three-day visit to the State on September 9 (Saturday) to review the security situation in the State. Lt Gen Anbu also said that there has been a lot of attempts to infiltrate but majority have gone unsuccessful.

07 September 2017
Mid America Apartment Communities Inc (NYSE:MAA) 2016 Q4 Sentiment Change
Its Non-same store communities and other includes recent acquisitions and communities in development or lease-up communities. Equities research analysts anticipate that Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. will post $1.69 EPS for the current year.

07 September 2017
US Open 2017: Del Potro shatters Federer's dream of Nadal showdown
But I wake up tomorrow morning knowing that I have to do something more, and I gonna work hard to work in that way. Nadal said on court that Rublev is going to be in the next generation of players and expect him to be successful.

07 September 2017
Barkley has Everton future, insists Koeman
Barkley's current Everton deal expires at the end of the season and a move to Chelsea appeared to be in the offing on deadline day.



Recommended