Embattled Democrat Senator Bob Menendez (NJ) this week accused the FBI of ‘running roughshod over his Fourth Amendment rights’ when they seized gold bars and cash from his home last year.
Lawyers for Menendez asked a New York judge to throw out some of the evidence used to indict the senator. They accused the federal government of ‘getting back’ at Menendez after he defeated its 2017 prosecution on charges of influence peddling.
ABC News reported:
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez wants a New York judge to toss out much of the evidence in the bribery prosecution against him, saying investigators illegally searched his residence as revenge because the Democrat defeated a prior prosecution in his home state.Communities are trying to chase pokies out of Australian towns. Their victories are inspiring others | Gambling
His arguments, delivered by his lawyers, were contained in papers filed late Monday in Manhattan federal court, where Menendez faces a May trial.
In 2017, a federal jury in New Jersey deadlocked on 18 criminal charges against Menendez and a wealthy Florida eye doctor accused of buying his influence with luxury vacations and campaign contributions. Prosecutors then dropped the case.
“The government’s apparent zeal to ‘get back’ at Senator Menendez for defeating its prior prosecution has overwhelmed its sound judgment,” his lawyers said. “The FBI ran roughshod over the Senator’s Fourth…