Justice Department Prepared to File Corruption Charges Against Senator Bob Menendez

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 03: Committee Ranking Member Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) listens to witnesses during a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing on U.S. and Cuban relations in Washington, D.C. on February 3, 2015. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Photo: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Justice Department will reportedly file corruption charges against Senator Bob Menendez in the upcoming weeks, according to CNN. The expected charges stemmed from an investigation of the New Jersey Democrat’s relationship with Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, a longtime donor and friend of the senator and his family. Menendez has called the investigation, which involved the DOJ and the FBI, a “smear campaign.” After the federal investigation began in 2013, Menendez paid Melgen $58,000 for flights he took on the donor’s private plane to the Dominican Republic. The investigation has involved several other possible instances of corruption. Given the statute of limitations on several of the potential charges, CNN reports that charges will be announced soon.