FBI Finds No Evidence To Support Menendez Allegations

promoted by Rosi

Seems like we’ve been through this before.  There’s a big splash in the papers accusing Bob Menendez of being a bad guy, everyone on the right goes ballistic and quite a few on the left (including some of our commenters) pile on, then the allegations are slowly either proved incorrect or even made up.

It happened with Chris Christie’s election year subpoena. Menendez had helped donors keep a non-profit medical center open in a building he owned, and since they paid him rent it was turned into Menendez stealing taxpayers’ dollars instead of helping provided needed health care in an underserved area.  Turned out that not only couldn’t Christie or another US Attorney find anything, but the next USA actually wrote a letter clearing Menendez of doing anything wrong.  That doesn’t happen often.

Now we have an anonymous allegation from a fake e-mail address that Menendez traveled to the Dominican to have sex with teenage girls.  Then a conservative hit-website published it. For some reason, and think of how much this is costing us, the FBI has to investigate including flying agents to the Dominican Republic.  So what have they found?

A team of FBI agents has been conducting interviews in recent weeks in the Dominican Republic and the United States, looking into allegations that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) patronized prostitutes in the Caribbean nation, but has found no evidence to support the claim, according to two people familiar with the investigation.

Those are my italics, but that’s pretty important. Univision has one of the women on tape saying she never met Menendez, and the man who allegedly threw the party  says Menendez has always been a gentleman.

Women denies it, party-host denies it, FBI finds no supporting evidence, and the person or people who started this all used a fake name, fake e-mail and won’t talk to anyone.

These two situations — the health care facility and these more salacious allegations — are both a lot of smoke from politically motivated allegations, and point to a pattern with Menendez’s opponents.  Which leads me to wonder if there isn’t an effort to blow smoke at Menendez in an effort to get people to start screaming FIRE!

Comments (23)

  1. Rosi Efthim

    what do you think the logic was for them behind this particular right-wing fabrication and smear?  

  2. Jeff Gardner

    When allegations like these can bubble their way up to the mainstream media, without any actual evidence, it diminishes the seriousness of real issues, and unfairly tarnishes a person’s reputation. Sad.

  3. 12mileseastofTrenton

    The free trips only reimbursed when they came to public light, lobbying for legislative action in favor of a company in which he owned stock, and seeking to change government policy to benefit a big donor.

  4. William Weber (WjcW)

    You just write something about AshBritt donations and Christie? You don’t see the parallel here?

  5. ken bank

    Even Frank Lautenberg, with his advanced years and personal wealth, would not have forgotten or neglected to repay a $58,000 expense for more than two years, and then only after a GOP State Senator filed a complaint about it. It’s rather embarrassing to say the least. And I’m surprised nobody has brought up the potential tax consequences, if the IRS will treat the unreported expense as an interest-free loan that should have been reported on tax returns and disclosure statements.

    As to the prostitutes, if the FBI investigated every time an American citizen patronized prostitutes when they were in a foreign country, you would need half the country to investigate the other half. The only reason it’s even a story is that sex sells newspapers, especially when prominent politicians are involved, just ask Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. The only reason for the FBI to be looking at prostitutes is to build a case around the relationship between Menendez and Melgen. If Melgen hosted parties and paid for escorts to show the Senator a good time, then a question arises as to whether he was providing personal services and favors to the Senator in exchange for political favors, that is to say whether a quid-pro-quo relationship existed between Melgen and Menendez. Advocacy is one thing but, as the case of the Keating 5 illustrates, when there is a quid-pro-quo relationship between advocacy and personal favors, there may be ethical and even legal consequences. John McCain knows about that.

    Finally, I guess it’s just bizarre coincidence that in the last thirty years we’ve already seen two Democratic Senators (Torricelli and Williams) leave in disgrace over their personal relationship with sleazy characters. I sincerely hope Menendez is not the third.  

  6. ken bank

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