Menendez 'admonished' over gifts that led to mistrial in federal court

David Madden
April 26, 2018 - 5:53 pm

David Madden | KYW Newsradio

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KYW Newsradio) — The Senate Ethics Committee has taken action against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez after a criminal trial on charges that he took gifts from a Florida doctor. Prosecutors declined to re-try the case.

Taking the trial record into account, the committee issued a "Public Letter of Admonition" and ordered Menendez to repay the "fair market value" for a list of gifts, including private jet travel, a luxury hotel stay in Paris and 19 visits to the Dominican Republic villa of Salomon Melgen.

The six-member committee has conducted an inquiry into allegations related to his interactions with Melgen over a period of six years, according to the letter. 

They determined Menendez "failed to properly report" those gifts, which "violated Senate rules, federal law and applicable standards of conduct."

The four-page letter conceded that Menendez has tried to help constituents on issues like Medicare, but the assistance to Melgen "went well beyond Senate norms."

Menendez's attorney Marc Elias tweeted they're "glad" the matter "is finally resolved," and noted his client repaid Melgen for the gifts five years ago.