NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Prosecutors in the bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy friend showed jurors emails Tuesday indicating the New Jersey senator’s staffers were getting involved in the friend’s multimillion-dollar Medicare billing dispute.
The dispute, which ultimately cost Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen $8.9 million, is one of the central facets of the indictment against the two men. The government has charged Menendez accepted free flights and luxury hotel stays from Melgen in exchange for lobbying government officials on behalf of Melgen’s business interests.
Some of the emails shown to jurors Tuesday dated back to 2009 and included communications between Menendez’s staffers and Melgen’s lawyers as well as with an attorney for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
In one email to his chief of staff, Menendez recommended finding out “who has the best juice” at CMS or the Department of Health and Human …
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