Transcript for Sen. Bob Menendez Claims He is Innocent
And now, to New Jersey senator bob Menendez tonight, leaving court today accused of trading political influence fur luxury vacations and private planes. Tonight, Menendez digging in, saying he's innocent. Here's ABC's David Wright. Reporter: Senator bob menende defiant today outside federal court in Newark. These allegations are false, and I am confident they will be proven false. Reporter: The New Jersey democrat is pleading not guilty to 14 counts of bribery, corruption and fraud. Stemming from his relationship with this man, Dr. Salomon melgen, a Florida eye doctor. Prosecutors say the doctor gave the senator more than a dozen free flights on his private jets. Frequent use of the doctor's fully staffed caribbean villa in a gated community with three golf courses. Free romantic getaways including one with a girlfriend to Paris, putting them up in this five-star hotel. And hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations. In exchange, Menendez allegedly used his influence to help the doctor's foreign girlfriends with their Visa problems. To protect a multi-million dollar contract for a company the doctor owns in the Dominican Republic. And to push medicare to drop its investigation into $9 million the doctor overcharged them. Menendez insists he was just helping a friend. David Wright, ABC news, Newark.
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