The federal judge presiding over the case, William Walls, decided not to toss any of the 18 corruption charges brought against him prior to jury deliberation.
On August 30, Justice Department prosecutors filed a document in court as the trial began, outlining the evidence against Menendez receiving political bribes from Florida Optometrist Dr. Salomon Melgen.
The Democratic senator from New Jersey was seen hugging his children after the judge made the decision Thursday, about an hour after jury members said for a second time that they were deadlocked in the case.More news: John Currie's full letter firing Butch Jones
To view the full article, register now. Arroyo spoke of infighting in jury deliberations, accusing her fellow jurors of bullying her out of deliberations. Menendez was not allowed a special timeframe from the trial to vote in the Senate, with the judge declaring that his job was not different than that of a cab driver.
"His trial shed light on serious accusations of violating the public's trust as an elected official, as well as potential violations of the Senate's Code of Conduct", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. "If I would have stayed [on the jury], he would have been "not guilty" on every charge".
"To those of you who were digging my political grave so you could jump into my seat, I know who you are and I won't forget you", he said.
Whether Menendez has been significantly politically damaged by the trial is unclear. The federal judge denied Menendez's argument to use the Supreme Court ruling that overturned former Republican Virginia Governor Bob McDonell's corruption conviction to have his trial thrown out.More news: LeBron James took shot at Phil Jackson not Frank Ntilikina
"We still have to get our work done around here", said Sen.
Norris said that after the prosecution rested, "in my gut I was like, 'That's it? And it was the Obama administration that started the case".
Before attending the hearing, Menendez tried to portray himself as a fighter, claiming, "I've committed my entire adult life, since I was 19, fighting for the people of New Jersey". But a similarly lengthy trial next year would cost Menendez considerable time off the campaign trail and present voters with media accounts re-airing the charges. Senate Democrats nervous about the remote possibility of a Republican being named a temporary replacement for Menendez should he have been forced out of office before Democrat Phil Murphy becomes governor on January 16, 2018, are breathing easier. That could give US prosecutors pause and could also shift public opinion in favor of Menendez, said Brigid Callahan Harrison, a political science professor at Montclair University.
Menendez is well-liked and respected in the Senate, on both sides of the aisle.More news: Sweden qualify as Italy miss out on FIFA World Cup
"I think the NRSC has enough problems with the Senate race in Alabama", said Soliman. "Bob Menendez will do just fine next year".