Politics - NBC News
SEP 6 2017, 3:31 PM ET
NEWARK, N.J. — U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, R-N.J., "sold his office for a lifestyle he couldn't afford," federal prosecutors said Wednesday in its opening statement in the Democrat's corruption trial.
Justice Department attorney Peter Koski said Menendez later lied about the trips from a wealthy Florida doctor seeking political influence on Senate disclosure forms.
Menendez is charged along with Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen with multiple fraud and bribery charges. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Koski described Menendez pressuring government officials to help Melgen with securing visas for his foreign girlfriends, a lucrative port security contract in the Dominican Republic and a multimillion-dollar Medicare dispute.