After the day started with the defense calling the prosecution’s timeline into question, former Medicare official Jonathan Blum took the stand and testified about a couple of heated exchanges he had with Menendez – one by phone in 2009 and another in person in 2012.
Blum said during those meetings, an angry Menendez became hostile when Blum did not agree that a Medicare reimbursement should be changed.
The 2012 meeting involved former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Blum testified though Menendez did not mention a name, it was clear to him the conversation was about Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, who was involved in a multimillion-dollar billing dispute with Medicare.
An indictment charges Menendez with accepting private jet flights and luxury hotel stays from Melgen in exchange for political influence.
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