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Menendez jurors see staffers' emails about donor's dispute

Posted October 10

— The bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy friend has resumed with testimony from an FBI agent.

The New Jersey Democrat is charged with accepting free flights and luxury hotel stays from Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, in exchange for lobbying government officials on behalf of Melgen's business interests.

On Tuesday, FBI agent Alan Mohl introduced emails between Menendez and his staff discussing helping Melgen resolve a multimillion-dollar Medicare billing dispute in 2009.

Prosecutors say Menendez's subsequent meetings with then-Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (seh-BEEL'-yuhs) and others were meant to benefit Melgen.

Menendez has argued in court filings that he was concerned Medicare reimbursement policies were unfair and enriched drug companies at the expense of doctors.

The trial is in its sixth week.

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