Menendez Fights Again To Nix Charges Based On McDonnell

By Bill Wichert (August 3, 2017, 9:48 PM EDT) -- Sen. Bob Menendez on Wednesday again urged a New Jersey federal court to toss his corruption charges based on the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark McDonnell decision, rejecting prosecutors' argument that pressure he exerted on a doctor's behalf to influence executive branch officials fell within the high court ruling's narrow definition of "official acts."

Menendez, D-N.J., and Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen argued that the McDonnell finding last year that pressuring another official constitutes an "official act" did not apply to their case, because the holding pertained to wielding such influence within a single branch of government and not across branches, as the...

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