Sen. Bob Menendez corruption trial begins in New York

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) will appear Monday at a Manhattan courthouse for his criminal trial after he was charged by the Department of Justice with accepting bribes and illegally acting as a foreign agent on behalf of Egypt and Qatar.

The trial will begin with jury selection and is expected to overlap with several days that the Senate is in session.

Menendez has not decided whether he will take the witness stand in his trial but plans to be present every day for the proceedings “subject to the schedule,” he recently told a reporter. Criminal defendants are typically required to be present for trials.

Menendez, his wife, and three businessmen were indicted last fall on corruption charges. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York alleged that Menendez accepted bribes in exchange
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