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Once a corruption fighter, Menendez now set to stand trial on bribery charges - Source Politico

Posted on Sep 06,2017
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“I look forward to proving our innocence and being exonerated,” the 63-year-old Robert Menendez told reporters last week. | Julio Cortez/AP

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By RYAN HUTCHINS

WASHINGTON, DC. -  As a 20-something political upstart in New Jersey, Robert Menendez sat in a witness box in federal court — so fearful of retribution he wore a bullet-proof vest — and pointed a finger at his political mentor: William V. Musto, the mayor of Union City.

Thirty-five years later, Menendez, now one of the highest-ranking Democrats in Washington, is returning to federal court in the same city in which he became a government witness.

This time, the senior senator from New Jersey is the one facing accusations, charged with bribery in a case that could end his career and land him in prison. With opening statements scheduled Wednesday in what could be a two-month trial, Menendez says he is ready to put up a fight.

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