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AAA Sep. 13, 2017 10:24 AM ET
Menendez's corruption trial resumes with FBI agent testimony
FILE- In this Sept. 6, 2017, file photo, Sen. Bob Menendez arrives to court for his federal corruption trial in Newark, N.J. Menendez, New Jersey’s Democratic senior senator, is charged with accepting gifts and campaign donations from Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen over several years in exchange for pressuring government officials to help with Melgen’s Medicare dispute, his company's port security contract in the Dominican Republic and the visas. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy donor has resumed with testimony from an FBI agent who investigated the New Jersey Democrat beginning in 2013.
The trial is in its second week. On Tuesday, jurors heard from two women who prosecutors say Menendez helped get U.S. visas in 2008 in exchange for gifts from Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.
Prosecutors have referred to the women as Melgen's girlfriends.
Lawyers for the two men contend Menendez's efforts were part of his normal duties as a senator and not part of a bribery scheme.
Menendez and Melgen were indicted in 2015 and face multiple fraud and bribery counts. The most serious carries a 20-year maximum prison sentence.Associated Press
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