Skip to comments.Reid fends off questions about Menendez allegations
Posted on 02/02/2013 7:08:27 AM PST by Libloather
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) fended off questions about Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) at a press conference about immigration reform.
The first question out of the gate was from CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, who asked Reid when he learned that Menendez had reimbursed a political donor nearly $60,000 for two trips he took on the donors private plane.
Reid defended the Menendez as a friend and outstanding senator but declined to discuss any details he may have had with the New Jersey lawmaker about media reports of allegations that he had sex with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.
First of all, Bob Menendez is my friend. Hes an outstanding senator. Any questions in this regard, direct to him. I dont know anything about it, Reid said.
The purpose of the press event was for Democratic leaders to reiterate their call for comprehensive immigration reform, and Reid wanted to discuss his plan for moving the bill through the Judiciary Committee and then to the floor.
Menendezs has denied the sexual allegations as manufactured by a politically motivated right-wing blog and false.
Most of the reporting on the story has come from the conservative website The Daily Caller and Reid dismissed its work when asked about it at a Tuesday press conference.
I always consider the source, and all anyone here has to look at is the source where this comes from, he told reporters. It's a source that has brought up a lot of non-issues.
Hours later, The Miami Herald reported that the FBI had raided the West Palm Beach, Fla., business of Dr. Salomon Melgen, who contributed to Menendezs campaign and took him on at least three trips to the Dominican Republic aboard his private plane in 2010.
Menendezs office said Wednesday the senator reimbursed the $58,500 cost of the two trips from personal funds, sparking a bout of media coverage.
The focus by the media on Menendez comes at an inconvenient time for Democrats seeking to push a comprehensive immigration reform package. Menendez is a member of the group of senators who on Monday unveiled a set of bipartisan principles for immigration reform.
CNN senior congressional producer Ted Barrett asked Reid to clarify the timeline of any conversations he may have had with Menendez about the reimbursements.
Ive answered the question, Im not going to say anymore, Reid said.
Instead, Reid moved on to discuss the role of the Judiciary Committee in moving immigration reform and gun violence legislation through regular order this year.
Menendez has long been one of the Senates most outspoken proponents of immigration reform, and he is the only Hispanic member of the Senate Democratic caucus.
He was not present at the Democratic leadership press conference on immigration reform Thursday. These press events usually feature only the top three or four Democratic leaders: Reid, Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), Democratic Policy Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.), and Democratic Conference Secretary Patty Murray (Wash.). Murray was also absent.
The FBI is a “right wing blog”.
Number of young girls identified is up to four now.
Mr. Reid, you were not elected to the Senate to be Mr. Congeniality. You were elected to the Senate to make laws to protect America and preserve Liberty.
I get a kick out of Drudge posting the prostitute who says Bob liked the newest, and youngest girls.
Dressed in their Catholic girls school uniform right Bobby ?
Robert the molester, Outstanding Democrat Senator
“He’s a slime ball and my friend. That makes him an excellent senator.” - Reid
Yes, but is he Hispanic enough?
Crap, think this out. Reid just made a 60 grand to the Democratic machine. How? Think where that money will go for the next communists Democrat running for anything.
I wonder if Reid goes there, or is satisfied going over to the Chicken ranch in Nevada?
Menendez is the only Hispanic democrat in the senate.
Well then, we should ask pelosi about it. At least we'd get a straight answer...right?