Clashes over evidence dominate Menendez bribery trial

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(AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Sen. Bob Menendez, center, arrives with his children, Alicia Menendez and Robert Menendez Jr., to court for his federal corruption trial in Newark, N.J., Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Sen. Bob Menendez, center, arrives with his children, Alicia Menendez and Robert Menendez Jr., to court for his federal corruption trial in Newark, N.J., Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.
NEWARK -

Clashes over what evidence the jury will hear are again dominating the bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy friend.

Attorneys tangled on Tuesday over the prosecution's plans to show jurors a news release from Menendez's office and a CNN interview the New Jersey Democrat did in 2013.

Prosecutors say that evidence shows Menendez trying to conceal the number of flights he took on a plane owned by Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.

The two men are charged with a bribery scheme in which Menendez allegedly traded political influence for Melgen's gifts.

Defense attorneys say that for the sake of context, jurors should see a segment of the interview in which Menendez responds to rumors that he was involved with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.

Those allegations were discredited.

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