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U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) to be charged with corruption within days – WSJ

The U.S. Justice Department is preparing to file corruption charges against U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey as early as this week, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the investigation. Menendez previously denied any wrongdoing.

The Democratic senator, who is on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, faces allegations that he abused his position to promote the business interests of a friend and donor in exchange for gifts, but Menendez has rejected such allegations, slamming the investigation as a "smear campaign."

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that federal investigators are preparing to file criminal charges against Menendez as early as this week, following a legal battle over how much the Constitution shields lawmakers and their aides.

Earlier this month, Menendez said at a press conference that he had always conducted himself "appropriately and in accordance with the law." He made the remarks in response to a CNN report that said federal prosecutors were preparing to bring corruption charges against the senator.

"Every action that I and my office have taken for the last 22 years that I have been privileged to be in the United States Congress, has been based on pursuing the best policies for the people of New Jersey and of this entire country," he said.

Menendez added: "As to Dr. Melgen, anyone who knows us knows that he and his family, and me and my family, have been real friends for more than two decades. We celebrated holidays together, we have been there for family weddings, and sad times, like funerals, and have given each other birthday, holiday, and wedding presents, just as friends do."

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