Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., dodged a reporter's question Wednesday when asked if he would offer support for Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., as he stands trial facing corruption-related charges, including bribery.

When asked by a reporter if he will "stand" with the New Jersey Democrat during the trial, Schumer notably declined to answer, saying only he believes in the "presumption of innocence" and that Menendez is fighting hard.

"Sen. Menendez is issuing a spirited defense," Schumer said during the Senate Democratic leadership's weekly press conference. "We all believe in the presumption of innocence in this country, and Sen. Menendez is fighting very hard, and we respect that greatly."