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March 15, 2013

Report Grand Jury Investigating Robert Menendez

Ben had this in his link dump but it's worth its own post for celebratory informational purposes.

Alas, it's not the underage hookers but the more garden variety, as Joe Biden might say, corruption charges.

A federal grand jury in Miami is investigating Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), examining his role in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy donor and friend, according to three people aware of the probe.

Menendez has intervened in matters affecting the financial interests of Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, seeking to apply pressure on the Dominican government to honor a contract with Melgen’s port-security company, documents and interviews show. Also, Menendez’s office has acknowledged he interceded with federal health-care officials after they said that Melgen had overbilled the U.S. government for care at his clinic.


As part of the grand jury investigation, the three people said, federal agents have questioned witnesses about the interactions between Menendez and Melgen, who contributed $700,000 last year to Menendez and other Senate Democrats. The grand jury has also issued subpoenas for Melgen’s business and financial records, according to two people briefed on the probe who, like the others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe an on­going investigation.

Federal agents have not contacted Menendez, according to a person familiar with the case.

A corrupt politician from New Jersey? How is that possible?

BTW- Because Democrats are all about ethics, Menendez is still the chairman of the, er, Foreign Relations committee.

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