Sen. Bob Menendez and his wife seek separate trials in bribery case

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Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and his wife on Monday asked a judge to allow them to face separate trials in the bribery case against them.

Menendez and his wife, Nadine Menendez, were charged in September with allegedly accepting “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in exchange for the use of the senator’s influence to enrich three New Jersey businessmen and benefit the Egyptian government, according to an indictment filed in Manhattan federal court. Menendez, his wife and the businessmen have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The senator and his wife on Monday filed separate motions to sever their trials from each other.

Lawyers for Menendez said in his motion to sever that he “intends to present a defense arguing (in part) that he lacked the requisite knowledge of much of the conduct and statements of his wife, Nadine.”