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Sen. Menendez Claims He Didn't Know Ex-Aide Was Part of Port Deal
NLPC ^ | February 5, 2013 | Ken Boehm

Posted on 02/05/2013 12:17:04 PM PST by jazusamo

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Frances Robles reports in the New York Times that an ex-aide to Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) stood to benefit from a Dominican port security deal, along with Menendez benefactor Salomon Melgen. From the Times:

Mr. Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, has pushed United States government officials to help enforce a contract that a company owned in part by one of his major donors, Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, has with the Dominican government, which has refused to honor it.

A top executive at Dr. Melgen's security company will be Pedro Pablo Permuy, a former national security adviser and senior legislative aide to Mr. Menendez, according to a cousin of Dr. Melgen. Mr. Permuy's ties to the senator go back at least 20 years.

But Menendez' office told the Times that this is all news to the Senator:

Tricia Enright, a spokeswoman for Mr. Menendez, said the senator had no knowledge of Mr. Permuy's involvement in Dr. Melgen's company until The New York Times raised a question on Monday.

This defies belief. Permuy was a senior staffer for Menendez, whose portfolio included the Dominican Republic. Melgen, who has deep roots and family in the Dominican Republic, is Menendez' top benefactor. All three are frequent visitors to the island, which has an inbred (and corrupt) political establishment where everyone knows each other.

The Times sheds some light on these relationships.

Mr. Permuy was deputy assistant secretary of defense for inter-American affairs during the Clinton administration. He worked for Mr. Menendez as a senior legislative aide from 1993 to 1995 and then as his national security adviser from 2001 to 2003.

In 2010, he and Dr. Melgen held a fund-raising dinner in Maryland for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which Mr. Menendez was then leading. Dr. Melgen was an important fund-raiser for the senator in his committee efforts that year.

Senator Menendez could do himself a favor by making fewer assertions that are implausible on their face.

Another example is his claim that his failure to repay Melgen the $58,000 cost of two 2010 private jet trips to the Dominican Republic was "sloppy" or an "oversight." Menendez is one the least wealthy members of the U.S. Senate. His annual salary is $174,000.

If Menendez was planning to make Caribbean trips, would he really go on Melgen's private jet and pay through the nose an amount representing a big percentage of his net worth? It is obvious that he never intended to pay Melgen back.

Menendez' denial over the weekend that he accepted Melgen's hospitality in the way of hookers may be a flat-out lie, but at least it had the virtue of being plausible. It was also categorical, unlike the convoluted statements that came out of his office back in November in which he did not directly deny the allegations, but instead attacked the source.

Related:

VIDEO: NBC Nightly News Reports on Menendez-Melgen Port Security Dea l

Sen. Menendez Pushed 'Windfall' for Melgen in Dominican Port Security Deal


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: 113th; bobmenendez; corruption; cuba; democrats; dominicanrepublic; ericholder; hookers; iran; melgen; menendez; newjersey; permuy; robertmenendez; salomonmelgen; sextourism
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1 posted on 02/05/2013 12:17:13 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Oh, what a tangle web we weave,
when first we practice to deceive.


2 posted on 02/05/2013 12:20:52 PM PST by Wisconsinlady (The 2nd amendment is NOT about hunting-but protection from a tyrannical govt)
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To: jazusamo

Oh, what a tangle web we weave,
when first we practice to deceive.


3 posted on 02/05/2013 12:20:52 PM PST by Wisconsinlady (The 2nd amendment is NOT about hunting-but protection from a tyrannical govt)
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To: jazusamo

Oh, what a tangle web we weave,
when first we practice to deceive.


4 posted on 02/05/2013 12:20:52 PM PST by Wisconsinlady (The 2nd amendment is NOT about hunting-but protection from a tyrannical govt)
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To: jazusamo

Notice when the heat’s on perverts like this Menendez they develop cases of “amnesia” and “I don’t knows?”

The filth is running rampant in our government.


5 posted on 02/05/2013 12:22:15 PM PST by Kevin in California
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To: jazusamo

Menendez is a lying sack of Obama.

You know it.

I know it.

And the press knows it....but wait......he’s a dim-bulb-crat...so feggetabowdit.


6 posted on 02/05/2013 12:24:47 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

Amen to that.

I wonder how much Menendez got kicked back under the table for this port deal? I’d bet he wasn’t stupid enough to put it in his freezer.


7 posted on 02/05/2013 12:27:31 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: Kevin in California

“Notice when the heat’s on perverts like this Menendez they develop cases of “amnesia” and “I don’t knows?”

Just following the king’s lead.


8 posted on 02/05/2013 12:31:07 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Da Coyote

Yep, keep up the lies Robert as the time’s coming when you’ll not be able to connect all the dots with them.

Remember Tony “teenie weenie” Weiner?


9 posted on 02/05/2013 12:31:54 PM PST by Kevin in California
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To: jazusamo
I wonder how much Menendez got kicked back under the table for this port deal? I’d bet he wasn’t stupid enough to put it in his freezer.

Of course not. He spent it all on "toys" and "little blue pills."

10 posted on 02/05/2013 12:33:47 PM PST by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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11 posted on 02/05/2013 12:44:22 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: Kevin in California

“Remember Tony “teenie weenie” Weiner?”

Yup, sure do. And...he...being a typical lib, was as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside.


12 posted on 02/05/2013 12:45:19 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: jazusamo

PANTS on FIRE!!!!


13 posted on 02/05/2013 12:54:33 PM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: jazusamo

Do I smell a federal indictment in the making against Bob Menendez?


14 posted on 02/05/2013 12:56:48 PM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: jazusamo

15 posted on 02/05/2013 1:01:51 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Kevin in California

I find it interesting that he didn’t come out with his vehement denial until his people got the FBI to confiscate all the related files, to get the underage hookers to disappear and find one of those named who would go on record as saying that she didn’t know him, “never even saw him on TV.”

He is the lowest of the low. And that’s pretty low.


16 posted on 02/05/2013 1:05:47 PM PST by FatherFig1o155 (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason.)
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To: AtlasStalled

Good luck with that.


17 posted on 02/05/2013 1:19:35 PM PST by surrey
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To: jazusamo
"He is not the only one to get special kickbacks and deals
and stiff underage DNC 'chocolates'.
What difference does it make?"


18 posted on 02/05/2013 1:21:44 PM PST by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: AtlasStalled

Naw...He’s a dim. They’ll just wag a finger at him and move on.


19 posted on 02/05/2013 1:26:08 PM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: jazusamo
Tricia Enright, a spokeswoman for Mr. Menendez, said the senator had no knowledge of Mr. Permuy's involvement in Dr. Melgen's company until The New York Times raised a question on Monday.

In the words of Madame ex-Secretary ...

The reports that you provide to us really require the willing suspension of disbelief ...

20 posted on 02/05/2013 2:04:04 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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