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The start of the Menendez corruption trial is anticipated on Wednesday

Bob Menendez (Via Tom Burry/Shutterstock)

The trial of Senator Bob Menendez for corruption in New York was set to begin with opening statements on Wednesday, following the completion of jury selection in the morning, according to federal judge Sidney H. Stein on Tuesday.

Judge Stein also issued rulings on what evidence can be presented to the jury. He anticipated having a full jury by mid-morning, allowing for the start of opening statements and the introduction of evidence after a jury selection process that extended into a third day.

One ruling excluded testimony from a psychiatrist who intended to testify that Menendez stored cash at home due to concerns about financial scarcity, influenced by family experiences during the Cuban revolution and his father’s gambling issues.

Bob Menendez (Via Tom Burry/Shutterstock)

In 2022, FBI agents found over $100,000 in gold bars and more than $486,000 in cash during a search of Menendez’s New Jersey residence. Prosecutors allege these funds were bribes from three wealthy businessmen in New Jersey, whom Menendez allegedly assisted with various favors, including interference in criminal investigations and actions benefiting Egypt and Qatar.

The senator is standing trial alongside two of the businessmen. A third businessman has pleaded guilty and is expected to testify against Menendez. The senator’s wife, also facing charges, is scheduled for trial in July.

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