Federal prosecutors say they intend to put Sen. Bob Menendez back on trial “at the earliest possible date.”
In November, the first trial of New Jersey’s senior senator on bribery and corruption charges ended with the jury deadlocked on all 18 counts in the indictment. The Department of Justice says it will also retry Menendez’s co-defendant, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.
A spokesperson for the DOJ said the decision was made “based on the facts and the law, following a careful review.”
“We regret that the DOJ, after spending millions and millions of taxpayer dollars, and failing to prove a single allegation in a court of law, has decided to double down on an unjust prosecution,” Menendez’s office said in a statement. “Evidently, they did not hear the overwhelming voices of the New Jerseyans who served on the jury this fall. Senator Menendez fully intends to be vindicated — again.”
Menendez is up for re-election this year.