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Menendez prosecutors seek to tie gifts, donations to actions

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Prosecutors in the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez are seeking to show jurors that the New Jersey Democrat took actions on behalf of a wealthy donor after the donor gave him gifts and campaign donations.

On Thursday they showed that a few days after the donor gave $ 60,000 to funds supporting Menendez, Menendez met with a State Department official regarding the donor’s port security business.

Menendez is charged with taking gifts including free flights and luxury hotel stays from the donor, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, in exchange for his political influence.

The two men deny the charges and say the gifts were a result of their longtime friendship.

The trial is in its fourth week.


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