>> The bribery case against US Senator Bob Menendez surviving a key test Monday. The judge rejecting defense attorney's motion to dismiss the most serious charges against the New Jersey Democrat, despite a US Supreme Court decision limiting the definition of corruption. Prosecutors accuse Menendez of taking bribes from a Florida eye doctor in exchange for favors, including pressuring federal officials to secure visas for the doctor's girlfriends, and changing a Medicare reimbursement policy after it was determined the doctor had overbilled Medicare by millions of dollars.
In exchange, prosecutors say Menendez got private flights, luxury vacations, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations. The judge had previously expressed doubts that the evidence was sufficient, setting last year's unanimous decision by the US Supreme Court to vacate the corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, who is charged with receiving improper gifts and loans from a Virginia businessman.
But the judges in the top court agreed that receiving the gifts could not be defined as an official act. Defense attorneys for Menendez say his gifts were given to him as acts of friendship. The McConnell decision apparently not enough for the judge to throw out this case, which will proceed on all charges.
>> I will be vindicated, thank you very much.