Robert Menendez’s Trial Is Set to Begin, With a Sprawling Web of Charges

Jury selection for Senator Robert Menendez’s corruption trial starts on Monday in a federal courthouse in Manhattan, a 20-mile drive from Mr. Menendez’s home in northern New Jersey, where for decades he has been a well-known Democratic political leader.

His efforts to move the trial to his home turf failed. Jurors picked to decide the case will be from Manhattan, the Bronx or one of several New York counties north of the city.

Prosecutors with the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York have said that they expect to take at least four weeks to present their case against Mr. Menendez, who is accused of being at the center of an international bribery scheme involving more than $100,000 in gold bullion, an Egyptian halal meat monopoly and a Qatari sheikh.

Mr. Menendez, 70, will be tried with two New Jersey businessmen, Fred Daibes and Wael Hana.

His wife, Nadine Menendez, 57, was also charged in the bribery scheme but will be tried separately, in July. A judge granted her request for a delay after her lawyers said she had a serious medical condition that required prompt treatment and, possibly, a lengthy recovery.

All four defendants have pleaded not guilty, and Mr. Menendez has said he will be exonerated at trial, leaving open the possibility that he might run for re-election as an independent in November.

Who Are Key Players in the Menendez Case?

Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, and his wife, Nadine Menendez, are accused of taking part in a wide-ranging, international bribery scheme that lasted five years. Take a closer look at central figures related to the case.

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