Former New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on Thursday testified that U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, twice approached him to discuss a pending criminal matter, a type of conversation that Grewal said he had a policy of avoiding.

Menendez is on trial in the Southern District of New York after pleading not guilty to bribery, extortion, obstruction of justice and other offenses; among other allegations, he has been accused of reaching out to state and federal prosecutors to seek favorable treatment for his associates.