Menendez Pleads not Guilty

Sen. Robert Menendez pleaded not guilty on Thursday to 14 federal corruption charges stemming from allegations that he improperly aided a wealthy donor.
In federal court here, Judge William Walls agreed to release Menendez on his own recognizance, but ordered him to surrender his personal passport.
Menendez will be allowed to retain an official passport that he has in his capacity as a U.S. senator.
The 61-year-old New Jersey senator was indicted Wednesday on corruption charges, including accusations of bribery, conspiracy and “honest services” fraud.
Federal prosecutors allege that Menendez took nearly $1 million worth of gifts and campaign contributions from Salomon Melgen, a wealthy ophthalmologist based in Florida.