Graham, Booker to testify as character witnesses for Menendez

Graham, Booker to testify as character witnesses for Menendez

Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (R-S.C.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Dems put hold on McFarland nomination over contradictory testimony: report Corker: McFarland's nomination 'frozen' over contradictions in her testimony MORE (D-N.J.) on Thursday will testify as character witnesses for Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSenate ethics panel resumes Menendez probe after judge declares mistrial Judge declares mistrial in Menendez bribery case Menendez jury deadlocked, ordered to keep trying MORE (D-N.J.) in his federal corruption trial.

Graham will appear in Newark, N.J., where the trial is being held in a federal district court, his office said in a statement. CNN reported that Booker will also testify at the trial.

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“Graham is testifying as a character witness for the defense and traveled to the trial at his own personal expense,” Graham’s office said. 

“He will testify about his service with Senator Menendez in the Senate. Graham’s testimony is unrelated to the underlying charges.”

The lawmakers' impending testimonies for their colleague come as Menendez endures an ongoing trial, in which he has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he accepted campaign donations and free trips from his co-defendant in exchange for political favors.