Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal from Sen. Menendez

Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal from Sen. Menendez

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from New Jersey Sen. Bob MenendezRobert MenendezCorruption trial could roil NJ Senate race Steve Mnuchin, foreclosure king, now runs your US Treasury Senate Dems move to nix Trump's deportation order MORE (D-N.J.), who was indicted on federal bribery charges in 2015.

Menendez is accused of soliciting and accepting gifts from his friend, Dr. Solomon Melgen, a Florida-based ophthalmologist, and using the power of his office in return to influence the visa proceedings of Melgen’s foreign girlfriends. The New Jersey Democrat is also accused of advocating for Melgen's financial interests in a contract dispute between a private company and the Dominican Republic and in a Medicare billing dispute at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The justices refused to hear the case without explanation.

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Menendez argues that as a United States senator, the Speech or Debate Clause of the U.S. Constitution gives him absolute immunity for all conduct falling within “the sphere of legitimate legislative activity.”