Sen. Menendez Defiant Amid Reports of Looming Indictment

GARWOOD, N.J. (AP) -
Sen. Robert Menendez addresses a gathering Monday at the Pen Company of America. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Sen. Robert Menendez addresses a gathering Monday at the Pen Company of America. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Sen. Robert Menendez insisted Monday that he has done nothing wrong amid reports that he could be indicted on corruption charges as early as this week.

“I’ll say the same thing I said two weeks ago when there was a different press report — and that is that I have always acted appropriately and legally,” Menendez said at a pen factory.

The New Jersey Democrat has been under investigation over his relationship with Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, a friend and political donor whose medical office was raided by state authorities two years ago.

Menendez has acknowledged taking several actions that could have appeared to benefit Melgen, including contacting a Medicare agency to urge changes to a payment policy that had cost Melgen millions of dollars.

Melgen has contributed more than $700,000 to help Menendez since 1998.