The first thing that I do when reading about a politician that figures prominently in the news is to look at their resume. With Senator Robert Menendez you will see a professional politician who began with law credentials, entered politics and stayed there. That is problematic because I advise against professional politicians of this sort who have truly not accomplished anything.
Living the life of political privilege is like being in a class of your own. It is a special class that is easily exploited and abused. Americans should dismantle it with their votes.
In the instance of Menendez, there is smoke around the company he keeps and the favors he avails them.
At this point, there is information from a tipster to the FBI, sufficient for them to investigate. The investigation opens a bag of worms for the Congressman that is already embarrassing for his Doctor friend.
Trips as favors are frowned upon.
Add allegations of prostitution with underage minors and that spells national disgrace. Stay tuned.
“FBI investigating allegations Sen. Menendez patronized prostitutes in Dominican Republic
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By Carol D. Leonnig and Peter Wallsten, Published: February 15
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.
One person said agents have asked about whether a Florida eye doctor — a close friend and major campaign donor to Menendez — provided the senator with prostitutes on vacations there. Another person said investigators are looking into allegations involving underage prostitutes and sex parties.
The two, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an active investigation, said FBI agents are following leads provided by an unknown tipster. In a series of e-mails with the FBI, the tipster alleged that the doctor, Salomon Melgen, had made prostitutes available to Menendez while he was staying at his friend’s resort home in the Dominican Republic. The tipster, in particular, mentioned young prostitutes and prostitution parties.
The FBI agents are also examining the role Menendez played in advocating for a port security contract in the Dominican Republic that would benefit Melgen, two people familiar with the case said. Menendez has urged U.S. officials to put pressure on the Dominican government to enforce the dormant contract, saying enhanced port security is important for interdicting drug trafficking. Melgen is an investor in the company holding the contract.
FBI spokesman Michael Leverock, of the bureau’s field office in Miami, declined to comment for this article.
Menendez has vehemently denied the prostitution allegations, calling them false “smears.”
“As we have said all along, Senator Menendez welcomes any review because his actions have been appropriate, and we believe the facts will confirm that,” a Menendez aide said Friday.
The staff member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the senator’s efforts on behalf of the port deal were appropriate. “The senator has had a long history of advocating for increased port security across the world,” the aide said.
Melgen and his attorneys declined to comment on any criminal investigation."