Crooked Democrat Senator Under Federal Investigation by SDNY
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Crooked New Jersey Democrat Senator Bob Menendez is under federal criminal investigation – AGAIN, just two weeks after pushing the Biden administration to stop cooperating with Saudi Arabia.
Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., is under federal criminal investigation, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News and confirmed by an adviser to the senator.
“The investigation is being conducted by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, the sources said. The exact nature of the investigation was not immediately clear,” ABC reported, adding:
“Senator Menendez is aware of an investigation that was reported on today, however he does not know the scope of the investigation. As always, should any official inquiries be made, the Senator is available to provide any assistance that is requested of him or his office,” said the adviser, Michael Soliman, in a statement provided to ABC News.
The news was first reported by Semafor.
Menendez, who is chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was previously indicted on corruption charges in April 2015 due to his relationship with a Florida eye doctor, Salomon Melgen.
Prosecutors accused Menendez of accepting close to $1 million worth of campaign contributions and lavish gifts — flights on Melgen’s private jet, a first-class commercial flight and a flight on a chartered jet; numerous vacations at Melgen’s villa in the Dominican Republic and a hotel room in Paris — from Melgen in return for the political favors. Menendez also allegedly used his office to support the visa applications of several of Melgen’s girlfriends.
He pleaded not guilty. The trial ended with a hung jury and the charges were dismissed in 2018.
Melgen was later convicted of defrauding Medicare patients but had his prison sentence commuted by former President Donald Trump in his final hours in office.
“According to CNN, the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is conducting the investigation into Menendez,” Jim Hoft reported for The Gateway Pundit, adding:
In October 2017 Democrat Senator Menendez went on trial for bribery. He faced a dozen criminal charges and was accused of accepting more than $700,000 in campaign related cash and thousands of dollars in free hotel rooms and air travel.
Four hookers confirmed they had attended sex parties with Salmon Melgen and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in the Dominican Republic.
The judge in the bribery trial for Sen. Bob Menendez later declared a mistrial, after jurors were unable to reach a verdict for more than a week.
It is unclear what the scope of the investigation is, a political advisor to Menendez told CBS News in a statement.
CBS News reported:
New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is under federal criminal investigation in New York, sources and a political adviser to the senator confirmed to CBS News.
Michael Soliman, a longtime political adviser to the New Jersey Democrat, told CBS News, “Senator Menendez is aware of an investigation that was reported today. However, he does not know the scope of the investigation. As always, should any official inquiries be made, the senator is available to provide any assistance that is requested of him or his office.”
Fox News reported two weeks ago that Menendez was urging the Biden administration to halt cooperation with Saudi Arabia, a key ally in the Middle East, after its decision to cut oil production, a move that could benefit Russia as its continues to wage war against Ukraine.
“The United States must immediately freeze all aspects of our cooperation with Saudi Arabia, including any arms sales and security cooperation beyond what is absolutely necessary to defend U.S. personnel and interests,” wrote Menendez, who represents New Jersey and serves as the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
He said the decision made by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC+), a group of oil-exporting nations that includes Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iraq and Iran, would “help underwrite [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s war.”
“There simply is no room to play both sides of this conflict — either you support the rest of the free world in trying to stop a war criminal from violently wiping off an entire country off of the map, or you support him,” he wrote. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia chose the latter in a terrible decision driven by economic self-interest.”
Melendez said he will not “green-light” any cooperation with Saudi Arabia until it changes its decision. Other lawmakers have also voiced outrage at the move.
“What Saudi Arabia did to help Putin continue to wage his despicable, vicious war against Ukraine will long be remembered by Americans,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted last week. “We are looking at all the legislative tools to best deal with this appalling and deeply cynical action, including the NOPEC bill.”
Other Democrats have introduced legislation that would pull American troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates within 90 days of its passage in response to the OPEC decision.