Thu Jan 31, 2013, 08:49 AM
Pryderi (6,462 posts)
So, about that underage prostitute thing
NJ Senator could be trouble.
Itís hard to say exactly how much trouble that stateís junior senator, Bob Menendez, may be in, of if heís in any trouble at all. Certainly, though, the headlines are alarming, and the existence of an FBI investigation has got to be concerning to Democrats, who know that any scandal that forces Menendez from the Senate would empower Gov. Chris Christie to appoint a Republican successor.
Whatís known now is that the FBI on Monday raided the office of a Florida eye doctor who is one of Menendezís top campaign donors, and with whom the senator has socialized over the years. The eye doctor, Saloman Melgen, has an outstanding tax lien of over $11 million, and as the Miami Herald reported, the presence of an investigator from the Department of Health and Human Services also suggested potential Medicare fraud.
The potentially salacious aspect of the case has its roots in an item that Tucker Carlsonís Daily Caller ran just before the November election, when Menendez won his second full term with ease. The Callerís vaguely sourced report alleged that Melgen had flown on Melgenís private jet to the Dominican Republic to engage in sex with prostitutes. Because of The Callerís reputation and the lack of solid corroboration, the story was widely ignored when it was published.
But more recently, what appear to be emails between an FBI agent and an anonymous man who identifies himself as ďPete WilliamsĒ have emerged online, with Williams supposedly providing the agent with evidence that Menendez engaged in sex with an underage prostitute in 2009. The emails suggest the agent contacted Williams after being tipped off by an ethics watchdog group in Washington Ė Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which has confirmed that Williams shared his allegations with them and that they forwarded them to the FBI.
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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 05:41 PM
marshall (6,467 posts)
4. It's not even on the radar of things to worry about
I guess if he is forced out of office there will be some outrage, but as this did not even allegedly happen in the United States, it isn't a high priority at the moment.