In final arguments in the case against Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), an attorney for co-defendant Salomon Melgen disparaged the case against the men as a “trial by email” and accused prosecutors of engaging in a “terrifying” campaign of manipulation and deception to win a conviction, reports North Jersey.com. “They took out of context emails and made a timeline to make things appear related that aren’t related,” Kirk Ogrosky told jurors. “They’re lying to you. They’re making up a story and trying to get the evidence to fit their story.” The trial is in its ninth week.
Prosecutor J.P. Cooney said that, “An elected official like Sen. Menendez should be accountable to the citizens he represents, not to a wealthy doctor who lavished him with luxury trips and jaw-dropping campaign checks. Hold these defendants accountable. Find them guilty.” Prosecutors argue that Menendez used his office to help Melgen, a wealthy Florida eye doctor and a longtime friend, to secure visas for his foreign girlfriends and to intervene in a lucrative port security contract in the Dominican Republic and a multimillion-dollar Medicare dispute. In exchange, prosecutors say, Menendez took bribes in the form of luxury vacations, free flights on Melgen’s private jets and $660,000 in political contributions. Both men deny the allegations.