October 26, 2017
Two U.S. Senators testified in defense of their colleague Sen. Bob Menendez at his bribery trial in New Jersey.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democrat Sen. Cory Booker took the stand on Thursday defending Menendez’s character to the jury, calling him an honest and honorable man.
Sen. Menendez is accused of accepting gifts from Dr. Salomon Melgen in exchange for political favors.
Sen. Graham spoke to reporters before taking the stand saying, “I disagree with him politically, but I think he’s a very honest, honorable guy. All of my interactions with Bob have been on the up and up. He’s the type of guy that if he gives you his word, he sticks with it no matter how much pressure is put on him to back off.”
Both Sen. Menendez and Dr. Melgen have pleaded not guilty to the corruption and bribery charges.
Lawyers for the defense say they are planning to make a motion for a mistrial, arguing the trial judge has not allowed them to enter some of their evidence into the record or put some of their witnesses on the stand.