Graham, Booker to testify as character witnesses for Menendez

Graham, Booker to testify as character witnesses for Menendez

Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSteyer brings his push to impeach Trump to town halls across the nation Trump formally sends Pompeo nomination to Senate GOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone MORE (R-S.C.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker: 'This is the most important midterm election of our lifetime' Senate GOP: Legislation to protect Mueller not needed NY and NJ lawmakers press Ryan on Gateway project funding MORE (D-N.J.) on Thursday will testify as character witnesses for Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezPoll: Menendez has 17-point lead over GOP challenger Russian attacks on America require bipartisan response from Congress Justice Dept intends to re-try Menendez in corruption case 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.


“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.