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FILE - Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., departs the Senate floor in the Capitol, Sept. 28, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, file)

Sen. Bob Menendez was a “bribed man” who repeatedly sprang into action for cash and gold, federal prosecutors said Monday in the first hours of their closing arguments.

“It wasn’t enough for him to be one of the most powerful people in Washington,” federal prosecutor Paul Monteleoni said.

The closing argument is a chance for prosecutors to tie together over two months of testimony and evidence that they say puts Menendez at the heart of several overlapping conspiracies to disrupt criminal cases against New Jersey business people and aid the government of Egypt in exchange for bribes.

Prosecutors are expected to take about three more hours to sum up their case before jurors begin their deliberations later this week. The trial of Menendez and two New Jersey business people accused of bribing him began in May. Menendez and his two co-defendants have pleaded not guilty and are expected to give several hours of their closing arguments beginning Tuesday.

“The government is intoxicated with their own rhetoric,” Menendez said as he left the courthouse on Monday.

Monteleoni said the senator engaged in a “clear pattern” of corruption when he accepted bribes and took actions to help those who were bribing him.

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