Davis Polk partner Tatiana Martins discussed Senator Bob Menendez’s bribery case with the New York Times. The senator and his wife were indicted on bribery charges for allegedly accepting thousands of dollars in exchange for political favors. The article notes that the government later added counts of obstructing justice saying the senator, among other things, “caused” his lawyer to meet with prosecutors and make false and misleading statements in an effort to cover up the scheme.

Tatiana noted that the decision to charge Mr. Menendez with obstruction was “kind of a warning shot to the white-collar bar to weigh carefully the decision to make any factual representation to the government when they are close to indicting.”

How a Last-Ditch Effort to Save Menendez From Prosecution Backfired,” New York Times (July 7, 2024) (subscription required)