Robert Menendez

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Senator Menendez, Resign Now

Star-Ledger, New York Times say it's time to go

(Newser) - Sen. Bob Menendez vows to fight the corruption charges on which he was indicted yesterday, but two leading papers around the New Jersey Democrat's home turf have another suggestion: Resign immediately.
  • New Jersey Star-Ledger : Yes, innocent until proven guilty means something, but the bar is higher for senators. At
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Senator Bob Menendez Indicted in Corruption Case

New Jersey Democrat may be arraigned tomorrow

(Newser) - Sen. Bob Menendez has been charged with using his office to improperly benefit a Florida eye doctor and political donor. A federal grand jury today indicted the New Jersey Democrat on charges including conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud. Prosecutors had been investigating whether Menendez improperly advocated for the... More »

Sen. Menendez to Face Corruption Charges

CNN: Feds bringing criminal case against Robert Menendez of New Jersey

(Newser) - New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez has been fending off allegations of corruption for two years now, but things are about to get much worse. CNN reports that the feds will bring criminal corruption charges against the prominent Democrat in a matter of weeks, and the Wall Street Journal confirms. Outgoing... More »

Family Rains Cash on Dems, Immigration Breaks Ensue

Travel ban on Estefania Isaias is dropped

(Newser) - Estefania Isaias was banned from entering the US after getting illegal visas for her maids—a ban that was lifted right around the time the Isaias family donated tens of thousands of dollars to President Obama's campaign, the New York Times reports. The family has given vast sums to... More »

Menendez: Cuba Hatched Bogus Hooker Sex Story

NJ senator wants DOJ to look into alleged smear campaign

(Newser) - Robert Menendez thinks the Cuban government planted evidence that he partied with underage prostitutes, and the New Jersey senator is asking the Justice Department to look into his claims, reports the Washington Post . Menendez, known as a vocal Castro critic, alleges that plot was timed to put a wrench in... More »

Police: Prostitutes Were Paid to Accuse Menendez

Police track payments to lawyer

(Newser) - Police in the Dominican Republic say they have determined that three women who said they had sex with Senator Robert Menendez for money were in fact paid to make false claims by an attorney in the Caribbean country. Officers traced the payments to attorney Melanio Figueroa, a police spokesman said... More »

Menendez Facing Grand Jury Probe

Investigation centers on ties to Salomon Melgen

(Newser) - Sen. Robert Menendez is facing a federal grand jury probe amid continuing questions over his relationship with friend and donor Salomon Melgen, insiders tell the Washington Post . Interviews and records show the New Jersey Democrat pushed the Dominican government to follow through on a port security contract with Melgen; Menendez'... More »

WaPo, Daily Caller at War Over Prostitute Story

WaPo reports escort was paid to make up claims against Sen. Menendez

(Newser) - Yesterday saw a Washington Post report that raised fundamental questions about reports that Sen. Robert Menendez was involved with Dominican prostitutes. Now, the Daily Caller , which originally broke the story , says the Post's takedown is full of holes: The paper misidentified an escort at the heart of the case,... More »

Menendez Took Another Dominican Flight: Report

Anonymous sources say donor gave him at least one more ride than he's admitted

(Newser) - The hits keep coming for embattled Sen. Robert Menendez . Sources are telling Fox News that the New Jersey Democrat took at least one more trip to the Dominican Republic on a campaign donor's private plane than he has publicly admitted. The sources say Salomon Melgen flew Menendez there in... More »

Menendez Waded Into Top Donor's Fraud Case

Senator's relationship with Salomon Melgen comes under scrutiny

(Newser) - Sen. Robert Menendez twice tried to intervene on behalf of pal and major campaign donor Dr. Salomon Melgen in the optometrist's ongoing battle with Medicare over alleged fraud, the Washington Post and New York Times report. Melgen is accused of overbilling Uncle Sam to the tune of $8.9... More »

Alleged Prostitute: I've Never Met Bob Menendez

Also, I'm not a prostitute, she says

(Newser) - At least one of the women allegedly involved in the prostitution scandal swirling around Sen. Bob Menendez denies the whole thing, Politico reports. Yaneisi Fernandez was allegedly hired by Dr. Salomon Melgen, who has ties to Menendez, but she says she's never participated in prostitution and she's never... More »

FBI Raid Resurrects Menendez Prostitution Buzz

But New Jersey senator says allegations false

(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... More »

Feds Nab Illegal Immigrant Working for Senator

Menendez intern also a sex offender: AP

(Newser) - Federal authorities have quietly arrested an 18-year-old unpaid intern working for Robert Menendez, alleging that he is both an illegal immigrant and a registered sex offender, the AP reports. If that weren't scandalous enough, one official says that Homeland Security told agents to hold off on the arrest until... More »

2 Caribbean Women: NJ Senator Paid Us for Sex

Women point finger at Democrat Bob Menendez

(Newser) - Two women from the Dominican Republic tell the Daily Caller that New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez gave them money in exchange for sex at a resort in that country this spring, in a report getting picked up by conservative blogs. In interviews given via translator, the two, who asked to... More »

Dem Senator Delays Obama Judicial Pick

Some say Robert Menendez holding grudge

(Newser) - President Obama is facing a battle over a judicial nominee—and his opponent is a fellow Democrat. New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez is delaying the confirmation of a judge to a federal Court of Appeals, and he hasn't given the New York Times a reason. But insiders think it... More »

Obama Tours Flood Zones in New Jersey

Says 'Washington politics' won't stop federal aid

(Newser) - President Obama visited flood-ravaged communities in New Jersey today and vowed that "Washington politics" won't obstruct federal aid for people along the Atlantic Coast, the New Jersey Star-Ledger and the AP report. Dressed in rolled-up shirt sleeves and khaki-style pants, Obama landed in Newark just after noon and... More »

Franklin Graham: Islam is 'Wicked'

Elsewhere: Bill Richardson says Dems are 'scared' of tea party

(Newser) - ABC’s This Week waded into some controversial waters today with a town hall discussion on Islam, and no one was more controversial than Rev. Franklin Graham (son of Billy), who called the religion “evil” and “wicked.” Quoth Graham: “They want to build as many... More »

Lockerbie Hearings Stall as BP, Brits Stonewall

Senator blasts 'outrageous' witness refusals

(Newser) - The US Senate wants somebody to explain why the Lockerbie bomber was released, and both BP and top UK officials are answering with a resounding "Not it," postponing hearings due to start tomorrow. Key witnesses refused to testify—including outgoing BP boss Tony Hayward, former UK Justice Secretary... More »

Senators to Press British PM on Lockerbie Bomber

Lawmakers ask to meet with Cameron

(Newser) - Four US senators are probing the release of the only person convicted of involvement in the Lockerbie bombing, CNN reports. Kirsten Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, and Bob Menendez released a letter today requesting a meeting with David Cameron during the British PM's visit to the US this week. Scotland... More »

Did BP Push to Have Lockerbie Bomber Released?

(Newser) - With BP about to begin drilling for oil in Libya's Gulf of Sidra, Sen. Frank Lautenberg has urged the British government to investigate whether BP a hand in securing the release of the Lockerbie bomber in order to help close the oil deal. Kirsten Gillibrand, Charles Schumer, and Bob Menendez... More »

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