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Tom Harkin

Justice Department ready to rumble with Menendez

The team prosecuting Sen. Robert Menendez is firing back against accusations of misconduct in the government's corruption case, calling the New Jersey Democrat's legal arguments "meritless" and sensational. On Monday, Department of Justice lawyers filed five briefs, spanning nearly 230 pages, in response to 14 motions from Menendez's legal team alleging perjury, grand jury abuse and violations of the senator's constitutional rights. The DOJ characterizes the July 20 filings from Menendez, which could push back the start of the case, as redundant and inaccurate. "The charges in this case are the result of a careful and professional investigation, and the...