Federal prosecutors seek to drop criminal charges against US Senator Robert Menendez

Justice Department won't retry Sen. Bob Menendez on corruption charges

Menedez and his co-defendant, Dr. Salomon Melgen, were acquitted in mid-January on seven of 18 counts stemming from a questionable relationship, which prosecutors alleged constituted a quid pro quo in which Menendez provided political help in exchange for lavish trips financed by Melgen.

The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday it wouldn't retry New Jersey Sen.

Menendez is now likely to run for reelection in November with the full support of his party, without the cloud of a corruption trial hanging over him.

"From the very beginning, I never wavered in my innocence and my belief that justice would prevail", Mr. Menendez said in a statement.

In a written statement, the government on Wednesday asked US District Court Judge Jose Linares to drop the rest of the charges and dismiss the indictment against the senator in a federal court in New Jersey, Efe reported.

The Justice Department has dropped all charges against New Jersey Sen.

The Justice Department earlier this year had sought a second trial for Menendez after the first one ended in a hung jury. "We take no pleasure in seeing justice done at this stage in a case that should never have been brought".

Prosecutors accused Menendez of trading political favors from 2006 through early 2013 after Melgen plied him with rides on his private jet, rooms at luxury hotels, a stay at Melgen's posh villa in the Dominican Republic, and almost $750,000 in campaign contributions.

Prosecutors said Menendez, in return, pressured government officials on Melgen's behalf over an $8.9 million Medicare billing dispute and a stalled contract to provide port screening equipment in the Dominican Republic, and also helped obtain US visas for the 63-year-old doctor's girlfriends. Prosecutors said Menendez pressured high-level officials in the Obama administration and other career diplomats to help Melgen resolve his business disputes in exchange for political contributions, a luxurious hotel suite at the Park Hyatt in Paris and free rides on Melgen's private jet that Menendez failed to report on his Senate disclosure form.

In a separate criminal case, Melgen was convicted of Medicare fraud previous year.

A lawyer for Menendez said the senator was "pleased and grateful" about the decision. Mendendez' defense lawyers argued that the donations must be tied to specific actions by Menendez to be considered bribes.

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