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Andrew McBride Discusses Senator Robert Menendez's Charges and Defense
Andrew G. McBride, chair of Wiley Rein’s Appellate Practice, was quoted yesterday in a Bloomberg News article about Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who has been accused by federal prosecutors of advancing the personal and financial interests of a friend in exchange for travel and other benefits, including political donations totaling almost $1 million.
Sen. Menendez’s 20-year friendship with Salomon Melgen will be central to the defense, because it could provide an innocent explanation for alleged behavior that the U.S. has described as bribery, according to the article.
Mr. McBride, a former federal prosecutor, said the existence of that friendship may save Menendez in the end. “There’s a legitimate argument that these are gifts among friends,” he said. “There’s less than a 50 percent chance of conviction. This is going to be a donnybrook.”
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