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    Menendez corruption case puts other Democrats at legal risk, sidelines senator for trial

    Post  sinister_midget on Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:58 pm

    Menendez corruption case puts other Democrats at legal risk, sidelines senator for trial

    As Sen. Robert Menendez prepares to face corruption charges, Republicans are confident and Democrats fearful that the taint of a weekslong trial will snare other prominent Democrats in New Jersey and Washington.

    The trial kicks off Wednesday in New Jersey, where the 11-year incumbent senator is accused of using his office to try to assist and protect a longtime friend, Dr. Salomon Melgen, in disputes with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    One high-profile Democrat already has been caught in the backwash. Former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who retired last year, was fingered as trying to help Mr. Menendez in his efforts to derail a federal probe of Melgen.

    “Who knows who else will be implicated, but it’s clear now that the corruption extended beyond Menendez’s office,” said Michael Ahrens, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee. “It’s just as stunning that no SenateDemocrat has said Menendez should resign immediately if convicted.”

    Mr. Menendez had asked the judge to allow him to skip out on the trial so he could be in Washington for upcoming votes. The judge rejected his request, saying he is no different from any other worker whose schedule is set by others but who has to be in court to face prosecutors.

    In a detailed statement last week, those prosecutors outlined the case against Mr. Menendez, whom they indicted in 2015 on accusations of taking roughly $1 million in gifts — including airplane flights and stays at lavish resorts and hotels frequented by Hollywood A-listers such as George Clooney and Beyonce — in exchange for political favors for Melgen.

    Prosecutors say Mr. Menendez helped Melgen obtain visas for girlfriends from Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Ukraine. It also said Mr. Menendez used his office to try to shield his friend from accusations that he overbilled millions of dollars in Medicare payments.

    Melgen pleaded guilty this year to conspiracy to commit fraud in billing and was charged in August with bribery in connection with Mr. Menendez. Late last week, Melgen was also indicted on 76 more counts of fraud.

    Both Mr. Menendez and Melgen pleaded not guilty to the bribery charges, and their attorneys accused prosecutors last week of providing “lengthy, lurid and one-sided narrative of the case.’”

    Kellyanne Conway, a Trump adviser, described the accusations against Mr. Menendez as “stunning.”

    Other Republicans cheered the judge’s ruling that the senator must be present in the courtroom. Scott Sloofman of the America Rising political action committee said it “means that during critical September Senate votes, Sen. Menendez will be sitting in a New Jersey courtroom, not the floor of the Senate.”

    Sen. Menendez’s absence isn’t just costing Minority Leader Chuck Schumer a vote, it’s also humiliating other SenateDemocrats,” he said.

    The trial, meanwhile, is likely to be all the buzz in New Jersey and could overshadow the looming November election. Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, is term-limited and is hoping to help a Republican succeed him.

    “I think it is going to be the issue of the year in New Jersey,” said John Graham, a member of the Democratic National Committee from New Jersey. “It is even being more anticipated than the gubernatorial race right now because Menendez is a very powerful and very well-respected senator.”

    According to their case statement, Mr. Menendez in 2011 recruited Mr. Reid to reach out to the White House deputy chief of staff “informing her that Menendez was upset about how a Florida ophthalmologist was being treated by CMS and asking that she call the agency.”

    “Recognizing the matter involved a dispute between a single doctor and an administrative agency, not a policy matter, the White House Deputy Chief of Staff demurred,” the brief says.

    The next year, Mr. Melgen sent two checks totaling $600,000 to the Reid-led Majority PAC — earmarking the money for Mr. Menendez’s re-election campaign, according to prosecutors.

    Mr. Menendez also tried, and failed, to get the head of CMS to reverse course. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius also shot down his request to intervene after meeting with Mr. Menendez in Mr. Reid’s office, according to the brief.

    There were rumors at the time this first came up of pedophilia. Which would possibly relate to the Dominican Republic part. Supposedly it involved trips to Haiti that were either set up by Melgen. Rumors were he either participated or got them going for Mendendez, Slick Willie, the Epstein character that has already been committed of pedophilia and others. As I say, I recall the rumors. But I don't recall how substantive they were. But if Epstein and William the Slick were involved, I'd bet on it.

    Be that as it may, this gives the Democrats one less vote and the Republicans an additional advantage to pass the things they're probably still going to claim they can't because the vote margin isn't big enough.


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    Re: Menendez corruption case puts other Democrats at legal risk, sidelines senator for trial

    Post  sinister_midget on Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:40 am

    As I said.......

    Department of Justice: ‘Corroborating Evidence’ Backs Underage Prostitution Allegations Against Senator Bob Menendez

    The entire mainstream media bought repeated denials from Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) of allegations that he solicited underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, but now the Department of Justice says the allegations are in fact “corroborated.”

    In a 65-page court filing released publicly on Monday evening, the DOJ laid out how their investigation into Menendez—and Democratic Party mega-donor Dr. Salomon Melgen—“began with serious and specific allegations involving child prostitution.”

    “Presented with that information, the Government, including experienced prosecutors from the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, took the only responsible course possible—it conducted an investigation,” page 10 of the document reads.

    While those allegations have not resulted in any criminal charges, there can be no question that the Government has an obligation to take such allegations regarding potential harm to minors very seriously, regardless of who the alleged perpetrators may be. That is precisely what the Government did here, and there was nothing improper about it, despite the defendants’ palpable regret that the investigation ultimately led to the discovery of their corrupt relationship.

    Later in the document, the DOJ lays out how even though the allegations of child prostitution against Menendez and Melgen have not resulted in criminal charges, such allegations have been “corroborated.”

    “Presented with specific, corroborated allegations that defendants Menendez and Melgen had sex with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, the Government responsibly and dutifully investigated those serious allegations,” the DOJ writes.

    The indictment here, of course, charges only corruption and does not include any allegations of soliciting underage prostitution. The defendants argue, however, that the indictment should be dismissed because the entire investigation was tainted by false allegations of underage prostitution—allegations they assert were likely initiated by political enemies. Notably, this section of the defendants’ brief includes no citations to any legal authority supporting their position that an indictment should be dismissed if the investigation was predicated on unproven allegations or allegations made by someone with questionable motives.

    Later in the document, the DOJ even reveals several instances in which they did find serious and disturbing evidence—including interviews with Melgen’s private jet pilot—of alleged solicitation of prostitution. For example, they lay out how Melgen paid South Florida strippers thousands of dollars to come to Casa de Campo, his resort in the Dominican Republic.

    Technically, prostitution is legal in the Dominican Republic as long as said prostitutes are overage—and the U.S. can’t prosecute anyone on sex tourism charges if they can’t prove that a prostitute solicited in a foreign nation is underage and that a potential perpetrator traveled with intent to have commercial sex with minors.

    The DOJ also says that Menendez lied when he repeatedly publicly claimed that he’s only flown on Melgen’s private jet three times.

    “As would be done in the normal course, the Government took responsible steps to investigate these serious criminal allegations, which were not so ‘easily disprovable,’ as the defendants suggest,” the DOJ wrote.

    Some eyewitnesses described a party attended by defendant Melgen in Casa de Campo—where defendant Melgen has a home and where defendant Menendez often visited— involving prostitutes. Furthermore, defendant Melgen has flown numerous young women from the United States and from other countries on his private jet to the Dominican Republic. Many of these young women receive substantial financial support from defendant Melgen. For example, defendant Melgen flew two young women—whom he met while they were performing at a South Florida “Gentlemen’s” Club on his private jet to his villa in Casa de Campo the day after paying one young woman $1,000 and the other young woman $2,000. Indeed, one of defendant Melgen’s pilots described “young girls” who “look[ed] like escorts” traveling at various times on defendant Melgen’s private jet. Some young women who received substantial sums of money from defendant Melgen were in the same place as defendant Menendez at the same time. Moreover, when the allegations were first reported, defendant Menendez defended himself with public statements that are easily disprovable. Specifically, he repeated several times that he had only flown on defendant Melgen’s private jet on three occasions. That representation is demonstrably false.

    The Justice Department lays out how even though they have not charged Menendez or Melgen with the prostitution charges in their indictment of each of them, they did find “corroborating evidence” to back up the allegations.

    “Confronted with corroborating evidence of such serious crimes, it would have been an inexcusable abdication of responsibility not to investigate these allegations,” the DOJ wrote.

    The document was filed by the DOJ in response to a motion to dismiss the case from Menendez’s attorneys a few weeks back.

    Menendez spokeswoman Tricia Enright told U.S. News and World Report that the senator maintains he is innocent.

    “The motions [to dismiss that were filed earlier by Menendez] showed how the DOJ tried to make up for weak allegations about public corruption by soliciting allegations about sex,” Enright, who is also named in the DOJ document herself, said. “The oppositions the DOJ filed [on Monday] continue that refrain, now with new salacious and baseless allegations, again having nothing to do with the actual charges in the case. While talk of prostitution may make for good headlines, it has absolutely nothing to do with this case.”

    My recollection is that some or a lot of this "underage solicitation" was prepubescent. But I may be misremembering and thinking of Slick Willie.

    Also note that the press knew about it (because some published a little bit about it before they were ordered by the Democrats to shut up) and chose to look the other way. Again.


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    Re: Menendez corruption case puts other Democrats at legal risk, sidelines senator for trial

    Post  sinister_midget on Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:39 pm

    NBC News Wrongly Claims Sen. Menendez Is A Republican

    "Wrongly claims." Like telling the truth is "hate speech?"

    NBC News has published an article incorrectly claiming that New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez — who is on trial for corruption — is a Republican.

    Menendez is actually a Democrat, yet in the lead of an article from Wednesday, NBC falsely identified him as a Republican. Confusingly, they later called him a Democrat in the same sentence.

    The article appears to be a wire from the Associated Press, but the original piece on AP’s website does not feature the mistake, suggesting it was added in by NBC.



    NBC News Identifies Sen. Menendez as GOP (NBC)

    I see. NBC, which lies regularly, tried to blame it on AP, which lies regularly.

    The senator’s trial for multiple fraud and bribery charges began on Wednesday.

    The New York Times was recently criticized for leaving Menendez’s party affiliation out of a 1300 word piece on the trial. The backlash led them to update the article with his party affiliation, but it still is not mentioned until the fourth paragraph.

    UPDATE (5:43PM):

    NBC News corrected the mistake at 5:35 PM, writing, “An earlier version of this article misstated the party affiliation of Menendez. He is a Democrat, not a Republican.” The piece was up for several hours before the error was fixed.


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