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Durbin: Menendez should keep gavel despite ethics scandal
Politico ^ | 2/10/13 | JOHN BRESNAHAN

Posted on 02/10/2013 5:18:54 PM PST by Libloather

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said on Sunday embattled Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) should keep his chairmanship of the Foreign Relations Committee despite an investigation into his dealings with a top donor.

"Sen. Menendez has given us an assurance that there is no substance to these charges," the Democratic senator from Illinois said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "It's being looked at by the Ethics Committee. Of course, I can't comment beyond that."

The Senate Ethics Committee is looking into Menendez's interaction with Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye surgeon who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Menendez and other Democrats.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: bobmenendez; dickdurbin; dnc4statutoryrape; dncrico; dominicanrepublic; durbin; ethics; florida; illinois; menendez; newjersey; noaccountability; salomonmelgen; scandal; senate4statutoryrape; senatebrothel; shamelessindc; typicaldncmorals
Sex with underaged prostitutes is just a bump in the road.
1 posted on 02/10/2013 5:19:00 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

“It’s okay when we do it” Alert

A GOPer who flirts with an adult paige would be hounded out of office.


2 posted on 02/10/2013 5:20:09 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Libloather

they’d demand a gop chair step down during investigation just because of the seriousness of the charges.


3 posted on 02/10/2013 5:22:35 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Libloather

Don’t worry...the Ethics Committee is on the case.
Ethics in Washington is a slippery fish to be sure.


4 posted on 02/10/2013 5:25:08 PM PST by Ouchthatonehurt
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To: Libloather
Well, what the hey, huh? It's only statutory rape - for a Democrat that's a rite of passage.



Keep Faith with the Fallen of Benghazi! Let the Obama Regime, for once, tell the Truth!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

5 posted on 02/10/2013 5:25:11 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: GeronL
A GOPer who flirts with an adult paige would be hounded out of office.

And the average democrat voter sees nothing wrong with the double standard either.

There is no middle ground to meet on with these people.

6 posted on 02/10/2013 5:27:53 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Libloather

Says Dick Durbin, “Ethics aren’t problems, if you are a Democrat. If you need evidence of this, see that last election.”


7 posted on 02/10/2013 5:28:09 PM PST by stevem
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To: Libloather

Why shouldn’t he keep his gavel? Its not like the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee had any integrity before the allegations or any serious person respected its work. As long as the Democrats control the Senate its just another act in the Obama clown parade.


8 posted on 02/10/2013 5:28:40 PM PST by allendale
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To: skeeter

bump!


9 posted on 02/10/2013 5:29:26 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Libloather

The Gerry Studds phenomenon; he got a standing ovation for sex with and then marrying a minor..


10 posted on 02/10/2013 5:31:38 PM PST by cardinal4 (Constitution? What Constitution?)
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To: Libloather
[Menendez has also acknowledged intervening with top federal health officials on behalf of Melgen in a billing dispute with the Medicare program, as well as a port security contract in the Dominican Republic.]

Why would a Florida eye doctor seek a contract to provide security at a port in the Dominican Republic? The country is a transshipment point for narcotics moving from South America to the U.S. The Dominican Republic also sees its share of arms and human trafficking.

11 posted on 02/10/2013 5:32:24 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Libloather

“Sen. Menendez has given us an assurance that there is no substance to these charges,”

Well, that’s good enough for me...


12 posted on 02/10/2013 5:32:30 PM PST by Signalman
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To: Libloather

If Durbin is in favor of a particular idea, you can count on the adjective “harebrained” being somewhat shy of applicable.


13 posted on 02/10/2013 5:33:15 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: Libloather
LIV: What difference does it make?

5.56mm

14 posted on 02/10/2013 5:34:25 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Libloather
"Sen. Menendez has given us an assurance that there is no substance to these charges," the Democratic senator from Illinois said

Well, that is good enough for me. I know we can always trust a Rat senator to tell the truth, right? I mean the Rats are always honorable, and can be trusted with your teen age daughter, right? SARCASM OFF

15 posted on 02/10/2013 5:35:54 PM PST by Mark17 (California, where English is a foreign language)
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On a side note, “Thunderball” in on REELZ. That RAF Vulcan was a cool bomber..


16 posted on 02/10/2013 5:36:16 PM PST by cardinal4 (Constitution? What Constitution?)
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To: Libloather

>>”Sen. Menendez has given us an assurance that there is no substance to these charges,” the Democratic senator from Illinois said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” <<

Oh, well that changes EVERYTHING! Call off the investigation! He gave his ASSURANCE! I mean, that level of certainty is UNPRECEDENTED! No WAY he would say that unless it was TRUE and the allegations FALSE!


17 posted on 02/10/2013 5:37:20 PM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: Libloather
"What difference does it make?"


18 posted on 02/10/2013 5:39:56 PM PST by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: Libloather
Durbin's reference is normal Illinois political corruption.

Nobody else comes even close, so of course Menendez should get a pass.

19 posted on 02/10/2013 5:45:33 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: Libloather
Maybe Menendez can get a hold of the `Penn State Joe Pa was Setup` defense team if the MSM grows a conscience.
20 posted on 02/10/2013 5:49:53 PM PST by deadrock
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To: Libloather

Durbin shows us what a despicable bunch we have governing us!


21 posted on 02/10/2013 5:55:38 PM PST by golf lover (goingf)
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To: Libloather
Durbin the traitor likes Menendez the pedophile.

I'm so relieved now.

22 posted on 02/10/2013 5:57:54 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Libloather

The ethics committee Bwahahahahahahaha.

Are you shyttin me?

Not one POS on the Hill has any ethics.


23 posted on 02/10/2013 6:12:00 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Libloather

What we should NOT be upset about is not the dems acting normally. What we SHOULD be upset about is their counterparts accepting their behavior in silence.

But people seem content to let the GOP sit silently on the matter, so they must logically approve.


24 posted on 02/10/2013 6:13:16 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Libloather

Typical ‘Rats.

Theyr’re just, well, rats.


25 posted on 02/10/2013 6:21:38 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Libloather
"...a Florida eye surgeon who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Menendez and other Democrats."

Gee... I think I finally understand this new HEALTH CARE thing. That 'eye surgeon' must really be raking in the big bucks if he can afford to 'donate' HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of dollars (yearly?).

26 posted on 02/10/2013 6:29:11 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Libloather.
"Sen. Menendez has given us an assurance that there is no substance to these charges,"
And the photos, those are all 'shopped.


27 posted on 02/10/2013 8:15:52 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Rat's by now would of had the girl interviewed on TV. You would know everything.
We don't have that killer instinct
28 posted on 02/11/2013 3:51:03 AM PST by reefdiver
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Menendez and Durbin were up all night writing the statement.

And when they finished, Durbin said, “Now what’s in it for me?”

Menendez replied, “If I keep the chairmanship, you get a piece of the Dominican port security action, a cut of all contraband transported to the US, a hacienda in the DR, and as many little girls as you can diddle.”


29 posted on 02/11/2013 4:43:22 AM PST by Liz
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To: All
THIS JUST IN----Harvard, Yale Have No Record of Menendez pal, Dr. Salomon Melgen, Attending, Despite His Claims

Contrary to his website and resume, big-name institutions including Harvard, Yale and the Univ of Missouri have claimed they have no record of professional or educational history with Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, MD, who is under two separate federal investigations for Medicare fraud and a political scandal involving a Democratic senator, according to a report by the Washington Free Beacon.

Dr. Melgen's biography (pdf link at web site) on his website claims he graduated from Harvard, was chief resident of ophthalmology at the Univ of Missouri, and held a Yale internship, but all three denied any record to support his credentials, according to the report.

Dr. Melgen, an active fundraiser for the Democratic Party, is under fire after it was discovered that he and US Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), improperly reported frequent trips to the Dominican Republic, and allegedly hired underage Dominican prostitutes for sex parties. © Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2012.

30 posted on 02/11/2013 4:50:20 AM PST by Liz
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So. Fla. eye surgeon under scrutiny frequently prescribed expensive drugs---suspected of overbilling Medicare by treating patients who may not have needed his services.

Miama Herald, Jay Weaver, Marc Caputo and Amy Sherman / jweaver@MiamiHerald.com

A South Florida eye surgeon who’s a friend of a U.S. senator is under federal criminal investigation for billing Medicare millions of dollars to treat elderly patients for services they may not have needed, The Miami Herald has learned. Federal agents began investigating Dr. Salomon Melgen last year, sources say, after investigators suspected he overbilled the taxpayer-funded health program by overprescribing a high-priced drug called Lucentis, which is injected into patients’ eyes.

Several sources familiar with the doctor’s practice said he used the drug, which costs $2,000 a vial, to treat patients with macular degeneration more than any other ophthalmologist in Florida and possibly the country. His high patient volume also raised red flags for investigators, the sources said.

Under Medicare policies, a doctor may only prescribe treatment that is “reasonable” and “necessary.” To make a case, federal prosecutors would have to prove that Melgen needlessly treated patients simply to run up sky-high Medicare bills.

Melgen, whose lawyers have denied any wrongdoing, finds himself in the middle of two federal investigations: His Vitreo- Retinal eye clinics in West Palm Beach and two other South Florida sites were raided last week by agents with the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services, who are investigating possible Medicare fraud.

A separate FBI investigation revolves around the doctor’s relationship with U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and the trips they took on his private plane to Melgen’s villa at a resort in the Dominican Republic.

--SNIP--

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/07/3222772/so-fla-eye-surgeon-under-scrutiny.html

31 posted on 02/11/2013 4:59:09 AM PST by Liz
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To: Liz; TigersEye

Sen. Durbin can run in 2014, and I know a conservative Republican, Chad Koppie, who is running, in that race. If you know anyone, who lives in Illinois, please tell them that Chad, a member of the Kane Co. Regional Board of Schools, is pro-tax cuts, pro-spending cuts, pro-life, pro-gun rights, and anti-illegal alien. Chad needs to find more people, who will donate and/or volunteer for his campaign. His blog is chadkoppiescampaign.blogspot.com.


32 posted on 02/11/2013 4:37:30 PM PST by PhilCollins
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