It would take three years, but eventually, Sen. Robert Menendez would advocate for Salomon Melgen at the highest level possible — with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. | AP Photo

NEWARK — When Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen sought help early on in his $9 million billing dispute with Medicare, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez knew he would need to contact heavy-hitters, according to documents introduced Tuesday at Menendez’s federal corruption trial.
“Dr. Melgen is still in the non-litigant stage, so we should determine who has the best juice at CMS [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] and Department of Health,” Menendez wrote in an August 2009 email to his chief of staff, Danny O’Brien. Story Continued Below

It would take three years, but eventually, Menendez would advocate for Melgen at the highest level possible — with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
That, prosecutor say, is one of several favors …
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