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Double Trouble: Menendez & Wife Seek Separate Trials in Bribery Case

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Senator Bob Menendez and his wife, Nadine, are seeking separate trials for bribery charges they face in New York.

They were charged with aiding businessmen in exchange for cash, gold bars, and a luxury car.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

The requests for separate trials were made to prevent potential damage to their defenses.

Menendez’s lawyers claimed that he was being forced “to choose between two fundamental rights: his right to testify in his own defense and his right not to testify against his spouse.”

Menendez’s lawyers also called the charges a “distortion of the truth” and argued that the trial should take place in New Jersey.

“Sen. Menendez isn’t just ‘not guilty’ — he is innocent of these charges. Sen. Menendez has never sold out his office or misused his authority or influence for personal financial gain,” wrote the attorneys.

“Over and over again, the Indictment distorts or ignores evidence reflecting the Senator’s conduct in favor of American — and only American — interests and his decades of appropriate constituent services,” the lawyers continued.

“Worse yet, the government knows it. The government has buried evidence proving Sen. Menendez’s innocence, including evidence that directly undercuts the allegations in the Indictment. And the defense is prohibited from disclosing any of it to the public — necessitating a redacted filing under seal — even as the government has gone on its own media blitz to advance its false narrative,” they added.

“This case belongs in New Jersey,” insisted Menendez’s lawyers.

The lawyers highlighted a previous case against Menendez that included “at least 10 jurors voting to acquit the Senator on the government’s hyped-up corruption charges.”

Prosecutors will reply to the pre-trial motions in the coming weeks.

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