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Menendez bribery trial ends with a hung jury
The New Jersey democratic senator says he will not forget the people that went after him during his Federal corruption investigations and court proceedings; David Lee Miller reports for ” Special report.’
Embattled sen. Bob Menendez allegedly, as the top Democrat on the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, after his departure from the post-2015 in the midst of accusations of corruption.
Menendez’s official return as” the Committee “senior member” is expected to be a Congress announced later this week, a source told Fox News. The two-term senator from the state of New Jersey and the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer yet to return requests for comment.
“By picking the least popular member of the U.S. Senate, which is still under a serious ethics investigation, Chuck Schumer, shows how out-of-touch” he is,” Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens Fox News said. “Schumer’s own far-left base against the move, and Menendez’s own constituents do not even want him in the Senate.”
Apart from an ongoing Senate ethics-Commission probe, the legal cloud over Menendez seems to lift. But he is still with the political headwinds in his bid this year for a third Senate term, and in his alleged attempt to keep you, the Committee-post.
Menendez’s net approval rating among registered voters, 20 points, since the start in the year 2017 — the biggest decline of a senator by the year 2018, the re-election, according to a recent Morning Consult poll is based on a survey from October to December, 2017. liked
“New Jersey voters will continue to be reminded of it, Menendez is dishonest schemes such as the choice approaches, which said in November,” National Republican Senate Committee spokesman Bob Salera recently.
If Menendez, in fact, takes its top-post on the foreign relations committee, he would set aside the Maryland democratic sen. Ben Cardin, is now the ranking member post.
The liberal wing of the Democratic party has also expressed concern about Menendez, considering he is considered more moderate than Cardin.
Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants, does not support former President Barack Obama’s efforts to improve diplomatic relations with the Cuban government or of the Iran nuclear deal, under the leadership of the Obama administration.
Prosecutors decided two weeks ago not Menendez repeat on corruption charges, which ended after their case last fall in a hung jury.
Menendez, 64, was convicted of trading his political influence for gifts and campaign donations from a Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen. He best ride of the allegations all.
The prosecutors decision ended Menendez and Melgen ‘ s 11-week study and its roughly five-year investigation.
“From the beginning, I never wavered in my innocence and my faith, the dignity of justice, Lord,” Menendez said after the public Prosecutor dropped the case. “I am grateful that the Department of Justice has taken the time to re-evaluate your case and comes to the result.”
But the senator also gave a warning last year for those who were eager to replace him in the Senate.
“To those who dig my political grave, so that she could jump in my seat, I know who you are and I will not forget you,” he said after the mistrial.
Menendez is expected to retain the ranking member of personnel, provided that he moves back into the post.
While the case is abated Menendez has the poll numbers, he still seems to be the full support of the top New Jersey Democrats, including Gov. Phil Murphy. Further, the state has not elected a Republican senator since the 1970s. Menendez in 2012, won a second term in office by nearly 20 points.
Prosecutors will pursue a retrial for Menendez, but they gave the case after the judge threw the corruption charges, donate to the campaign.
Melgen was sentenced separately in Florida last spring in a Medicare-fraud case, prosecutors said, amounted to more than $100 million.
They were first arraigned in 2015, accused, for the operation of a System, in which Menendez and his force in exchange for trips on Melgen’s private jet to his Dominican resort, a Paris vacation, and more.
Prosecutors said set of Menendez under pressure, government officials on Melgen’s behalf a Medicare-billing dispute and a contract for port-screening equipment, and also contributed to the US-visas for medical friends.
The senator’s lawyers argued Melgen’s gifts were a sign of friendship, not bribes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.