WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has been charged with using his office to improperly benefit an eye doctor and political donor.
An investigative jury on Wednesday indicted Sen. Bob Menendez on charges including conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud.
Prosecutors had been looking into whether Menendez improperly advocated for the business interests of Dr. Salomon Melgen, including by intervening on the doctor's behalf in a medical billing dispute.
Menendez has acknowledged that he flew on Melgen's private plane to the Dominican Republic and failed at first to properly pay for the trips. He later made reimbursements.
Menendez has previously said he's done nothing wrong and that he and Melgen have been close friends for a long time.