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Emotional Sen. Menendez Accused Of Selling His Office For Glamorous Lifestyle, At Trial Opening

Emotional Sen. Menendez Accused Of Selling His Office For Glamorous Lifestyle, At Trial Opening

By David Lee Miller,  Jennifer Oliva, FOX NEWS

NEWARK, N.J. –  New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez entered the first day of his corruption trial Wednesday on the verge of tears, as he proclaimed his innocence outside federal court in Newark.

"I appreciate my family, my son and daughter being here today and appreciate all my supporters," he said.

Emotions ran high, but the stakes are even higher, with Menendez facing a dozen criminal charges.

It's the first time a sitting senator has faced a federal bribery trial in 36 years – not only is his career and reputation on the line, but the trial could affect the balance of power in the U.S. Senate, where Republicans are eager to pad their slim majority.

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