The Justice Department gives Menendez a break
Less than two weeks after announcing that it would retry Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, the Department of Justice has decided to abandon the case.
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New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez will finally be able to sleep peacefully.
After years of legal proceedings in which his reputation was tainted by corruption charges, Menendez has received the news that the Justice Department will desist from prosecution.
This was reported by Roll Call, explaining that the judge overseeing the case, William H. Walls, dismissed last week seven of the 18 charges in the indictment against Menendez and his co-defendant, the South Florida ophthalmologist, Salomon Melgen.
According to the spokeswoman of the Department of Justice, Nicole Navas Oxman, the state determined not to continue the trial "given the impact of the Court’s Jan. 24 Order on the charges and the evidence admissible in a retrial."
For Menendez, this decision leaves him the way open to seeking re-election in the position as Senator and has renewed his confidence in his political career.
"From the very beginning, I never wavered in my innocence and my belief that justice would prevail. I am grateful that the Justice Department has taken the time to reevaluate the case and has come to the appropriate conclusion," he said in a statement.
Despite having the support of agents of power within the Democratic Party (such as Senator Cory Booker and Governor Phil Murphy), the recovery of political ground by Menendez will not be an easy task, especially after the political expert and Democratic lawyer Michael Starr Hopkins has introduced his candidacy to become a rival to the New Jersey Senate seat, using corruption charges against Menendez in his favor.