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Menendez’s wife hid truth about Mercedes Benz, lawyer says (3)

Menendez’s wife hid truth about Mercedes Benz, lawyer says (3)

US Senator Bob MenendezThe politician’s lawyer told jurors that the politician’s wife had failed to give him details of how she obtained a Mercedes Benz from a convicted felon who testified at the lawmaker’s corruption trial that the car was a bribe.

The defense attorney used his closing arguments Wednesday in New York to undermine a wide-ranging case against Menendez, including an allegation that former insurance broker Jose Uribe bribed the senator’s then-girlfriend, Nadine Arslanian, with the Mercedes to get her to influence two criminal investigations.

Bob Menendez leaves New York federal court on June 10.

Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

Uribe, who pleaded guilty and testified against the New Jersey Democrat, lied to jurors…