FBI Raid Resurrects Menendez Prostitution Buzz

But New Jersey senator says allegations false

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 31, 2013 8:57 AM CST

(Newser) – Sen. Robert Menendez yesterday once again denied allegations that he had hired Dominican prostitutes, after an FBI raid on a major campaign donor's office rekindled interest in the rumors. On Tuesday, FBI agents descended on the offices of Dr. Salomon Melgen, the optometrist who supposedly flew the New Jersey Democrat to the Dominican Republic for his illicit trysts. The Miami Herald reports that the raid on Melgen's office was for an unrelated Medicare fraud investigation—though sources say the bureau is also working on a separate corruption investigation involving Menendez and Melgen.

Menendez says Melgen did indeed fly him to the Dominican, but that those trips were "paid for and reported appropriately," the LA Times reports. He says the prostitution allegations "are manufactured by a politically motivated right-wing blog and are false." In a Breitbart post, Matthew Boyle, who originally broke the prostitution story, says he now has emails between the FBI and his original source offering to fly the source to Miami to talk. The Herald says an ethics group got the FBI in contact with Boyle's source, but that the group suspected the allegations were politically motivated.

In this Oct. 6, 2011 file photo, Senate Banking Committee member, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. listens to testimony by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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