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Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez Indicted on Federal Corruption Charges

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Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., arrives for the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on 'The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress' on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.)

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday on 14 different charges, including allegedly abusing his power as a senator to do favors for a Florida businessman who paid for trips that Menendez took to the Dominican Republic.

"Government corruption – at any level of elected office – corrodes the public trust and weakens our democratic system," Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said. "It is the fundamental responsibility of the Department of Justice to hold public officials accountable by conducting thorough investigations and seeking an indictment when the facts and the law support it."

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