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‘We Wired It’: Sen. Bob Menendez Accused Of Staging Question During Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Hearings

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September 6, 2016 6:53 PM

BURLINGTON COUNTY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., is under fire again as he is accused of playing a staged role duringHillary Clinton’s Benghazi hearings.

CBS2’s Christine Sloan reported conservative group Citizens United said new emails it just obtained suggest that question was staged.

The first question Menendez – the acting chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee then – asked Clinton was, “Can you give us your insights on the decision making process regarding the location of the mission and as part of that can you also in your response – and you touched upon it in your opening statement – what actions were you and your staff taking on the night of Sept. 11 and the 12?”

Citizens United claims an email between a senior aide to the Democratic presidential nominee and Chelsea Clinton reveal that the question was staged.

The email reads, “We wired it that Menendez would provide an opportunity to address two topics we needed to debunk (her actions/whereabouts on 9/11 and these emails from Chris Stevens about moving locations).

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N.J. senators have different views on Supreme Court nominations in Trenton vs. Washington

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Outspoken in their defense of President Obama’s right to get his Supreme Court nominee considered, New Jersey Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker sing a different tune when it comes to whether Governor Christie should be able to do the same thing. Herb Jackson, The Record Read more

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Judge tosses four bribery counts in Menendez indictment

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2015, 4:20 PM    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015, 6:03 PM

A federal judge on Monday dismissed four of the bribery counts in a 22-count indictment against Sen. Robert Menendez and Florida eye specialist Salomon Melgen, but most of the charges remain.

U.S. District Judge William H. Walls threw out charges that $40,000 in contributions by Melgen to a legal defense fund Menendez created in 2010 were bribes. But Walls rejected arguments by lawyers for Melgen and Menendez that another $700,000 in contributions Melgen made to political funds were protected by the First Amendment, ruling instead that a jury could decide if they were bribes.

“Defendants are correct that attempts to influence a public official through speech alone are protected,” Walls wrote. “But the Constitution does not protect an attempt to influence a public official’s acts through improper means, such as the bribery scheme alleged in this case. The government has adequately alleged that Melgen made contributions in an effort to control the exercise of Menendez’s official duties.”