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20 January 2018, 05:23 | Colleen Roy
Federal authorities announced on January 19 that they will seek to retry U.S. Senator Robert Menendez on corruption charges, Politico wrote. The filing to the judge seeks a retrial "at the earliest possible date".
"To those who were digging my political grave so that they could jump into my seat, I know who you are, and I won't forget you", Menendez said after the hung jury in November.
The Justice Department plans to put Sen.
On Friday the senator's office issued a statement batting away the case against Menendez as baseless. Menendez's office says the government has made a decision to "double down on an unjust prosecution".
The weeks-long trial brought several dramatic moments, particularly when a juror who was dismissed for a planned vacation told reporters during deliberations that the jury was divided in the case, and that she thought Menendez should be found not guilty.
Menendez was accused of accepting bribes from political donor Salomon Melgen.
The government also said jurors should be kept separate from a hallway outside the courtroom where Menendez occasionally prayed with clergy members during the first trial.
Prosecutors claimed Menendez used the power of his office to advocate before federal officials on behalf of Melgen's personal and business matters in exchange for campaign contributions, air travel and luxury accommodations. Another was a dispute over port security equipment involving a company Melgen owned in the Dominican Republic.
Melgen, who was separately convicted past year in Florida of perpetrating a massive Medicare fraud, will also be retried, the Justice Department said. They want a 30-year sentence, while the 63-year-old Melgen's attorneys are seeking a much shorter sentence and have argued prosecutors only proved he stole $64,000.
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