WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) — Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-N.J.) corruption charges will stand following a federal appeals court decision on Friday, which rejected claims that his alleged activities are legally protected as a sitting U.S. Senator.
In a statement, Menendez’s attorney Abbe Lowell said that Friday’s ruling was “just another step in the legal process that, at the end of the day, will show that Sen. Menendez has always acted in accordance with the law.”
Lowell went on to say that despite the Philadelphia court’s unanimous ruling, he intends to appeal the decision to the full Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and if necessary, may take the case as far as the U.S. Supreme Court.
In April of 2015, Menendez was indicted on charges that he allegedly accepted nearly $1 million in gifts and contributions from a longtime friend and campaign donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, who is also awaiting trial on Medicare fraud.
In exchange, the indictment alleges, Menendez used his office to help Melgen in various areas such as visa applications for the doctor’s girlfriends, unauthorized Medicare reimbursements and support for a port security deal that would have aided a company Melgen was a partner for.
If the charges stand, Menendez will face trial on 12 felonies.