Big Name Democrats Expected To Testify At Menendez Trial

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is expected to testify in the corruption trial of Sen. Robert Menendez, Fox News confirmed Tuesday.

Menendez, D-N.J., is accused of accepting campaign donations, gifts and vacations from Florida ophthalmologist Dr. Salomon Melgen. In return, Menendez allegedly used his Senate powers to lobby on behalf of Melgen’s business interests.

Sebelius, who was in the New Jersey court room on Tuesday, is expected to testify against Menendez, who is accused of using his Senate rank to have Sebelius intervene in a billing dispute between Melgen’s company, Vitreo-Retinal Consultants, and the federal government.

According to a trial brief filed by federal prosecutors last month, on Aug. 2, 2012, then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Menendez met with Sebelius in Reid’s office on Capitol Hill, where, according to witnesses in the meeting, Menendez allegedly “argued vehemently” for Melgen’s position on the Medicare billing dispute between HHS and Melgen’s office.