New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez,61, has been indicted on corruption charges. He was charged with accepting over $1 million worth of campaigns contributions and gifts in exchange for political favors for a friend.
“I am not going anywhere. I’m angry and ready to fight because today contradicts my public service and my entire life,” stated Robert Menendez on Wednesday during a press conference.
Prosecutors say Menendez used his power in the Senate to benefit Dr. Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida eye doctor. Melgen’s attorney’s say he did not do anything wrong. In exchange for favors Melgen allegdly provided Menendez with luxury vacations, golf outings, airline travel, and other extravagant perks.“Prosecutors at the Justice Department do not know the difference between friendship and corruption, said Menendez.
The indictment from a Newark Federal Grand Jury contains fourteen counts including bribery. Melgen’s lawyers have stated their client is innocent. Prosecutors have to prove that Melgen provided these gifts for Menendez as bribery and not just to help out an old friend. Both Menendez and Melgen are making plans to turn themselves in.