Mistresses of friend take stand in senator's corruption trial

Federal prosecutors allege Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) helped the women obtain visas to the U.S. as a political favor for their boyfriend, the senator's married friend and wealthy donor Dr. Salomon Melgen.
1:44 | 09/13/17

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latest in the corruption trial of democratic senator Bob Menendez. Two women who were mistresses of Menendez's friend took the stand and described how he helped them get Visas and Mary Bruce has details. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning, George. Well, at times this case sounds a lit more like an episode of "Scandal," bribery charges, mistresses and alleged abuse of power and at the heart of it all a U.S. Senator on trial for federal corruption. These women find themselves caught up in bribery charges against a sitting U.S. Senator. Federal prosecutors allege new Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez helped these women obtain Visas to the U.S. As a political favor for their boyfriend, the senator's married friend and donor Dr. Salomon melgen. Just one of the favors he did for the doctor in exchange for expensive hotel stay, flights on private jets and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions. Menendez arrived at federal court last week. To cheers. I started my public career fighting corruption. That's how I started. And I have always acted in accordance with the law and I believe when all of the facts are known, I will be vindicated. Reporter: On the witness stand one of the women reportedly testified when her Visa to the U.S. Was initially denied her boyfriend, Dr. Melgen told her he was going to fix it by talking to the senator. E-mails were counted in the indictment reveal the senator later told one of his aides, call ambassador Asa perform. If convicted Menendez could face decades in prison. Now his defense attorneys insist none of this was part of a bribe and they say he did not improper. They say the senator, it's customary for him to help out with Visa applications. Thanks very much.

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