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Sen. Menendez Denial on Permuy is 'Howler of the Day'
NLPC ^ | February 6, 2013 | Peter Flaherty

Posted on 02/06/2013 2:38:38 PM PST by jazusamo

Permuy photo

Yesterday, NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm questioned Senator Robert Menendez' veracity after his office claimed that he did not know that his ex-aide Pedro Pablo Permuy (in photo) was involved with ICCSI, a company partly owned by his mega-donor Salomon Melgen. Menendez sought to pressure administration officials to support a contract for port security in the Dominican Republic that would have provided a windfall for Melgen.

In a Miami Herald story today , Marc Caputo reports:

Sen. Bob Menendez's ties to a former Miami aide who could benefit from a controversial overseas port contract, which the Democrat pushed for, extend to an international business group that last year feted Spain's king and the U.S. secretary of state.

Menendez and Pedro Pablo Permuy hold high-level posts on the United States-Spain Council, funded by major special interests -- from ATT to Bacardi to Wal-Mart-- as well as a little-known investment company of the senator's top South Florida donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, who is under FBI investigation.

Boehm elaborated on his comments about Menendez claiming no knowledge of Permuy's ICCSI involvement. From the same article :

...ethics watchdogs have their doubts.

"That's the howler of the day. I don't see how the senator couldn't have known about it," said Ken Boehm, chairman of the ethics watchdog group called the National Legal and Policy Center.

"Permuy is not just a former staffer," Boehm said. "He did two stints with Menendez. Menendez advocated for this issue. And they're together on this council? How could Menendez not really know?"

Boehm points out that Melgen's cousin, Vinicio Castillo Seman, told reporters publicly, privately and in writing that Permuy was involved with the ICSSI deal. Castillo mentioned Permuy, a former assistant U.S. defense secretary, to rebut critics of ICSSI who noted that the eye-doctor Melgen had no security background.

"Why would Castillo go out of his way to say we're going to hire this guy to run the thing?" Boehm asked.

Ray Hernandez and Frances Robles first reported the port security deal in the New York Times on Friday. Permuy's involvement wasfirst reported in the New York Times on Tuesday by Frances Robles.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: 113th; corruption; democrats; melgen; menendez; permuy

1 posted on 02/06/2013 2:38:46 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

This guy is typical Jersey RAT sleaze, and that’s not jumping to conclusions. He’s just a scummy criminal. Hope he takes a lot of RATS down with him.

2 posted on 02/06/2013 2:42:21 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: ozzymandus

Amen, you’re right on the mark.

3 posted on 02/06/2013 2:44:55 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

Excerpted/edited from the NYT: Mr. Menendez pressured United States government officials to enforce a Dominican Republic port securiry contract for a company "partly owned" by his crony and major donor, Dr. Salomon E. Melgen (now under scrutiny by the FBI, and HHS for Medicaid fraud). The deal---to X-ray port cargo---is worth about a billion dollars over time.

Dr. Melgen tapped Pedro Pablo Permuy, Menendez's former national security adviser (w/ Dominican Republic oversight), and his senior legislative aide, to be a top executive for the port security comopany. Mr. Permuy's ties to the senator go back at least 20 years.

CLINTON CONNECTION Permuy was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Inter-American Affairs during the Clinton administration. Permuy worked for Mr. Menendez as a senior legislative aide from 1993-95 and then as his national security adviser from 2001-03.

In 2010. Permuy and Dr. Melgen held a fund-raising dinner in Maryland for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which Mr. Menendez was then heading.

L-R / Pedro Pablo Permuy, Marie Elena Amatangelo,
Xavier Equihua November 3, 2011 / Kyle Samperton

4 posted on 02/06/2013 2:46:28 PM PST by Liz
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To: All

(a) The DR is an impoverished Caribbean nation notorious for corrupt governments and strong-arm dictators.

(b) Despite US politicans' fondness for the "amenities" at its numerous posh resorts (incuding the lavish Casa de Campo owned by the Fanjuls--sugar billionaires), and US celebrities relaxing at posh villas spending big bucks there, the DR has no safety net or state- sponsored job creation for its largely impoverished citizenry.

(c) The one million Dominican citizens currently living in the US send home about a billion dollars annually---which is considered by the corrupt do-nothing DR govt to be a major source of state revenue.

(d) A steady exodus leaves for US shores lured by the endless US gravy train---encouraged by the DR govt---and the prospect of millions more sent back home.

(e) Sen Menendez's business partners in the Dominican govt have cunnningly figured out the financial benefits to be derived from amnesty---establishing a permanent Dem majority of Third World "pressure groups" exchanging votes for foreign aid.


IMPOVERISHED COUNTRIES W/ CITIZENS IN THE US: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico (stateside), Salvador, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela.


WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF FOREIGN FINANCIAL DEALS US politicians will exchange for yes votes on amnesty?

The National Association of Latino Electoral and Appointed Officials, La Raza, Voto Latino, The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, etc, (all pushing free-for-all amnesty) need to come clean WRT sub rosa deals they've made with foreign governments.

5 posted on 02/06/2013 2:48:44 PM PST by Liz
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To: Liz

Come on man, he’s a democrat. They don’t know anything. HILLARY, did you see those emails sent by the ambassadore of Benghazi. No. WITHHOLDER. Did you see those emails regarding Fast & Furious. No. FOREIGNER. Did you see anything about Fast & Furious. No.

6 posted on 02/06/2013 2:54:37 PM PST by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: Liz

Thanks, Liz.

7 posted on 02/06/2013 2:56:23 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo
Do all the female hangers-on in Washington wear those hooker heels?

Just wonderin'.

8 posted on 02/06/2013 3:18:07 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: elkfersupper

I really can’t say but I heard the hooker heels are kinda like putting feathers on a trolling jig, no one knows if they really work but it can’t hurt anything:)

9 posted on 02/06/2013 3:27:53 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: elkfersupper

Too funny, I thought the same thing, I think you found the reason for corruption in D.C.!

10 posted on 02/06/2013 5:59:33 PM PST by IslamE (epiphany)
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