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Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:08 PM

BREAKING: Justice Department to bring CORRUPTION charges against Sen. Menendez

CNN ALERT: The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, alleging the Democrat used his Senate office to push the business interests of a donor and friend in exchange for gifts.

People briefed on the case say Attorney General Eric Holder has signed off on prosecutors' request to proceed with charges. An announcement could come within weeks.

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Reply BREAKING: Justice Department to bring CORRUPTION charges against Sen. Menendez (Original post)
brooklynite Mar 2015 OP
TwilightGardener Mar 2015 #1
Capt. Obvious Mar 2015 #8
TwilightGardener Mar 2015 #10
MADem Mar 2015 #22
NOVA_Dem Mar 2015 #20
DemocratSinceBirth Mar 2015 #23
Orsino Mar 2015 #31
RichGirl Mar 2015 #37
geek tragedy Mar 2015 #2
fredamae Mar 2015 #4
cali Mar 2015 #6
fredamae Mar 2015 #12
HappyMe Mar 2015 #3
MerryBlooms Mar 2015 #5
countryjake Mar 2015 #7
Tierra_y_Libertad Mar 2015 #9
hrmjustin Mar 2015 #11
Name removed Mar 2015 #13
hrmjustin Mar 2015 #14
Nuclear Unicorn Mar 2015 #25
hrmjustin Mar 2015 #27
FSogol Mar 2015 #29
H2O Man Mar 2015 #16
hrmjustin Mar 2015 #17
Sheepshank Mar 2015 #15
NoJusticeNoPeace Mar 2015 #18
Spazito Mar 2015 #19
edhopper Mar 2015 #21
Tierra_y_Libertad Mar 2015 #24
pennylane100 Mar 2015 #26
HereSince1628 Mar 2015 #28
Kelvin Mace Mar 2015 #30
rhett o rick Mar 2015 #32
frylock Mar 2015 #33
Comrade Grumpy Mar 2015 #34
AngryAmish Mar 2015 #35
AngryAmish Mar 2015 #36
butterfly77 Mar 2015 #38

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:18 PM

1. Weird that nobody's interested in this. Kind of big news.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:30 PM

8. This is just to distract

from his Dominican prostitution scandal!

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Response to Capt. Obvious (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:31 PM

10. OK, I LOL'd.

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Response to Capt. Obvious (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:50 PM

22. I remember when that "hit" -- but I am not clear as to the outcome.

Was it disproven, or not proven?

Is this guy a target because people want him out of the way, or does he walk close to the edge?

I'm embarrassed to say I know so little about all this--I usually try to keep up with what's going on in the upper body of Congress, anyway.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:41 PM

20. He's always been an AIPAC/Wall Street shill. Good riddance. n/t

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Response to NOVA_Dem (Reply #20)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:51 PM

23. You do know Chris Christie names his successor if he resigns or is imprisoned.

But I suspect we are a long way from that.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 05:24 PM

31. Seems light on details. Or at least details sufficient for outrage.

I've taken it for granted that he was dirty, but I thought he was dirty in legal ways.

I guess I'll wait to see how much of this could be bullshit--or at least generally accepted bullshit.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 07:53 PM

37. It's good news actually....

My former governor...a republican Bob McDonnell did the same thing and he and his wife were both convicted and sentenced to some prison time. Which ever party, this kind of thing needs to stop.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:20 PM

2. Corzine, Christie, Menendez . . . dayum Corey Booker looking like Mr Clean nt

 

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:21 PM

4. Add OR Dem Guv Kitzhaber to the list n/t

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Response to fredamae (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:29 PM

6. yeah, but those listed by geek have something in common: all from NJ

 

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Response to cali (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:31 PM

12. Missed that... :)

There are So many around the country...thanks for the correction!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:20 PM

3. Good.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:25 PM

5. rec & kick

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:30 PM

7. There's a link to that breaking story now...

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/06/politics/robert-menendez-criminal-corruption-charges-planned/

~snip~

The case could pose a high-profile test of the Justice Department's ability to prosecute sitting lawmakers, having already spawned a legal battle over whether key evidence the government has gathered is protected by the Constitution's Speech and Debate clause.

The FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department's public integrity section, have pursued a variety of allegations against Menendez, who has called the probe part of "smear campaign" against him.

The government's case centers on Menendez's relationship with Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist who the senator has called a friend and political supporter. Melgen and his family have been generous donors to the senator and various committees the senator is associated with.

Investigators have focused in part on plane trips Menendez took in 2010 to the Dominican Republic as a guest of Melgen. In 2013, after word of the federal investigation became public, Menendez paid back Melgen $58,000 for the 2010 plane trips calling his failure to properly disclose the flights an "oversight."

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:31 PM

9. Menendez Expected to Face Federal Corruption Charges/NYT

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/07/us/menendez-expected-to-face-federal-corruption-charges.html?_r=0

WASHINGTON The Justice Department expects to file corruption charges against Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, a law enforcement official said Friday, culminating an investigation that has dogged the senator for two years.

The investigation has focused on his relationship with a Florida eye doctor who is a longtime friend and political benefactor. Federal prosecutors said Mr. Menendez did political favors for the doctor, Salomon Melgen.

A lawyer for Mr. Menendez did not immediately return a message seeking comment, but the senator and his lawyers have adamantly denied that Mr. Menendez did anything improper.

The expected charges, which were first reported by CNN, are expected in the next few weeks, the official said.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:31 PM

11. Can't stand him but innocent until proven guilty.

 

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Response to Name removed (Reply #13)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:33 PM

14. What about Christie?

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:58 PM

25. Post #13 was a strange thing to throw at you.

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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Reply #25)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:59 PM

27. Agreed!

 

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Response to Name removed (Reply #13)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 04:06 PM

29. Supporting Christie?

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:36 PM

16. In the context

of within the legal system, definitely. Outside of that context, there is ample evidence to indicate he has betrayed those he is supposed to represent.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #16)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:37 PM

17. I have not followed it much but the DOJ agrees with you.

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:35 PM

15. Paves the way for a Christie set of corruption charges

 

no way can anyone claim that it is a partisn action on the part of the DOJ

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:39 PM

18. Good, if it is valid. I wish we could go after Christie for his obvious crimes

and the many other Republicans that are dirtier than a wash rag in burger joint on saturday night

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:41 PM

19. Wow, if he is guilty of this, he should be held accountable...

I hope Christie is next in line.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:49 PM

21. Riding in a donors plane

is something Christie does on a regular basis.

But He made sure Jersey law allows him to be corrupt.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:56 PM

24. Navigating cookie jars without getting caught with crumbs on your hands is tricky.

 

"The government of my country snubs honest simplicity, but fondles artistic villainy, and I think I might have developed into a very capable pickpocket if I had remained in the public service a year or two."

Mark Twain

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:59 PM

26. Well that will take care of him pretending to be a democrat.

I think John Stewart should run for his seat after Mendez goes to jail.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 04:03 PM

28. I suppose Cristie wouldn't nominate a Dem to fill that seat.

Holding the senate just got harder, eh?

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #28)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 04:32 PM

30. Oh, hell no

 

In fact, he will use the seat as a way to extort support from the GOP money boys.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:04 PM

32. Does this mean we will be seeing a Senator Christie? Just sayin'.

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:21 PM

33. 'baggers are already floating the Obama revenge angle

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:23 PM

34. New Jersey? Crooked? Say it ain't so.

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:25 PM

35. As an Illinoisan, I would like to thank New Jersey

 

Our list of corrupt politicians is nearly endless. Boy, do we miss Blago! But New Jersey, a plucky little state, keeps trying to top us in dirty pols. God love 'em! So cute.

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Response to AngryAmish (Reply #35)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 06:29 PM

36. Hey everybody, look at the shot of lil AA and Blago from years ago

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Mar 6, 2015, 08:02 PM

38. Oh Well...

 

another arrogant bastard bites the dust.

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