Graham, Booker to testify as character witnesses for Menendez

Graham, Booker to testify as character witnesses for Menendez

Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump stuns the world at Putin summit Overnight Defense: Washington reeling from Trump, Putin press conference Ryan: 'The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally' MORE (R-S.C.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies for Putin summit: 'He’s not my enemy’ Booker seizes on Kavanaugh confirmation fight Dem senator: Kavanaugh would 'turn back the clock' on women's health care MORE (D-N.J.) on Thursday will testify as character witnesses for Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezCNN anchors break into laughter over comedian's alleged prank call to Trump Comedian claims he tricked Trump while impersonating Dem senator Schumer: Obama 'very amenable' to helping Senate Dems in midterms 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.