McDonnell Creates New But Difficult Path For Menendez

By Bill Wichert (March 31, 2017, 5:02 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark McDonnell decision last year creates an opening for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., to challenge his corruption charges over the meaning of "official acts," but such an argument may prove difficult because the senator allegedly took on a substantial advocacy role for his benefactor, attorneys say.

Facing charges that include using meetings with government officials to illegally assist a Florida eye doctor who gave him gifts and political donations, Menendez could invoke the justices' finding that former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's practice of setting up meetings to benefit a political supporter did not meet the high...

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