A large part of the government’s case Thursday focused on Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) going to bat with the state department for his friend and co-defendant, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.
In 2012, Melgen was trying to get the Dominican Republic to abide by their port security contract. The senator met face to face with the U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic that May seeking his intervention.
Email exchanges later stated the senator, who was a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, had threatened to hold a hearing if the issue wasn’t resolved that summer.
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