Sure, Bobby, keep up the facade. Of course, most people in office welcome grand jury investigations.
A federal grand jury is investigating the role U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez played in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy Florida donor, three sources told the Washington Post.
Menendez (D-N.J.) is on the hook for his relationship with Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, who last year contributed $700,000 to Menendez and other Senate Democrats, the report said. The senator reportedly pressured the Dominican government to honor a contract with one of Melgen’s companies, and his office acknowledged he stepped in to clear a dispute between Melgen and federal health officials.
In January Menendez admitted he had accepted two free flights on Melgen’s private plan to the Dominican Republic in 2010. He said he later wrote the doctor a personal check for more than $58,000 to cover the trips.
The Miami-based grand jury probe represents a legal escalation of the case, the report said, though it does not necessarily mean Menendez will be indicted or prosecuted.
“I welcome any review, because I believe, at the end of the day, that my actions have been appropriate,” Menendez told the Washington Post. “And just as everything that gave rise to this was a smear campaign based on slanders that drove the original story, I believe that when any review reviews the facts, they will determine that I have acted appropriately at all times.”
He can keep claiming these are smears, but that doesn’t make it so. Notice no other Senate Democrats are rushing to his defense. Embarrassingly, the story repeats to falsehood that a prostitute interviewed by the Daily Caller recanted her story. The Politico did the same thing and have been forced into running a correction.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said a woman who admitted fabricating charges against Menendez was interviewed by the Daily Caller. The Daily Caller has said she is not one of the women they interviewed.