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  • D.C.'s talking impeachment but the real drama is in Jersey with Sen. Menendez

    06/13/2017 6:25:19 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 21 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | June 13, 2017 | Paul Mulshine
    My liberal friends have worked themselves into a fever anticipating the impeachment of President Trump. They think they've got a second Watergate going. Have your fun while you can. But the next trial likely to affect the political lineup won't be happening before the U.S. Senate in Washington. It will be happening before the U.S. District Court in Newark. In the dock will be U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, faced with 22 counts of ethics charges alleging he took illegal gifts from a Florida Miami eye doctor who was recently convicted on 67 counts of Medicare fraud.
  • Really awful news for Dem senator up for re-election next year

    04/29/2017 7:29:38 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 29 Apr 2017 | Thomas Lifson
    The midterm election next year holds the potential for the Republican Party to expand its slender 2-vote majority in the Senate, despite the historical pattern of such elections punishing the party holding the White House. With 25 Democrat senators up for re-election, versus on 9 Republicans, the opportunities for pick-ups are there. But elections are fought one seat at a time. One Democrat incumbent senator got some really terrible news yesterday, as Curt Anderson and Terry Spencer of the Associated Press report: A prominent Florida eye doctor accused of political corruption was convicted of Medicare fraud Friday, increasing the odds...
  • Sen. Menendez Ally Dr. Salomon Melgen Found Guilty on All 67 Counts of Medicare Fraud

    04/28/2017 8:35:52 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 35 replies
    Bretbart.com ^ | 28 Apr 2017 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Update: The Palm Beach Post just reported Melgen was convicted of all 67 counts. “A prominent Florida eye doctor has been convicted on all counts in his Medicare fraud trial, raising the possibility he could be pressured to testify in the bribery trial of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez,” the Associated Press reported on Friday afternoon: Jurors announced their verdict Friday for Dr. Salomon Melgen. He effectively faces a life sentence if no deal is struck. Menendez denies any wrongdoing. Prosecutors contended that the 62-year-old Melgen stole up to $105 million from the federal insurance program between 2008 and...
  • Focus turns to senator with doctor guilty of Medicare fraud

    04/28/2017 1:41:36 PM PDT · by PA Engineer · 9 replies
    AP ^ | April 28, 2017 | CURT ANDERSON and TERRY SPENCER
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A prominent Florida eye doctor accused of political corruption was convicted of Medicare fraud Friday, increasing the odds that federal prosecutors could pressure him to testify against New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. Dr. Salomon Melgen faces 15 to 20 years in prison on 67 counts, including health care fraud, submitting false claims and falsifying records in patients' files, if he doesn't strike a deal before his sentencing, scheduled for July 14. The senator denies any wrongdoing. The doctor, 62, collected more money from Medicare than any other physician in the nation — $21...
  • Corruption trial could roil NJ Senate race

    04/09/2017 4:06:48 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 25, 2017 | Lisa Hagen
    Sen. Robert Menendez ongoing corruption case could upend the New Jersey Democrat’s reelection bid in 2018, with the longtime politician scheduled to go to court this fall. The Supreme Court delivered another blow this week to the embattled senator when it refused to dismiss the case. The trial is scheduled to begin about a year before the midterm elections. Federal prosecutors charged Menendez, who has pleaded not guilty, in April 2015 on 14 criminal counts, including conspiracy to commit bribery. Menendez is expected to head to trial on Sept. 6,facing a potential criminal conviction even as he would normally be...
  • SCOTUS Refuses to Dismiss Corruption Charges Levied Against Democratic Sen. Menendez

    03/20/2017 1:54:35 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 8 replies
    http://legalinsurrection.com/ ^ | 03/20/2017 | Kemberley Kaye
    Video at link (0:38) The Supreme Courtwho dismissed Mendendez’s appeal Monday without comment.: With Monday’s announcement, Menendez can no longer block the proceedings against him from moving forward, a major setback for his efforts to avoid criminal trial. Abbe Lowell, Menendez’s lead defense attorney, said the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the appeal was “disappointing,” but still said Menendez will be “vindicated when all the facts are heard at trial.” “It’s disappointing that the Supreme Court did not take this opportunity to set a clear, bright line of the separation of powers to ensure that Congress remains an independent...
  • 'We wired it': Emails suggest Clinton aide stage-managed Benghazi hearing questions

    09/06/2016 10:11:16 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 60 replies
    'We wired it': Emails suggest Clinton aide stage-managed Benghazi hearing questions Catherine Herridge By Catherine Herridge, Pamela K. Browne Published September 06, 2016 FoxNews.com Newly released emails suggest a senior Hillary Clinton aide stage-managed her first hearing on the Benghazi terrorist attack by feeding specific topics Clinton wanted to address to Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, who at the time was acting chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. "We wired it that Menendez would provide an opportunity to address two topics we needed to debunk (her actions/whereabouts on 9/11, and these email from Chris Stevens about moving locations,)" Clinton media gatekeeper...
  • White House’s lies on Iran deal is humiliating for Chuck Schumer

    05/07/2016 6:50:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 6, 2016
    We hope Sens. Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand are giving that devastating new profile of resident Obama’s foreign-policy guru a careful read. Because they’ll learn how they were all played for fools on the Iran nuclear deal by that aide, Ben Rhodes — and the resident. That applies especially to Schumer, who will be the Senate Democratic leader come January. Booker and Gillibrand hewed to the party line in backing the deal. Schumer gave it a thumb’s-down — but then refused to lobby his colleagues to take his side. Sen. Bob Menendez, on the other hand, is looking...
  • Democrats propose allowing Puerto Rico to declare bankruptcy

    03/14/2016 12:13:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 14, 2016 | Peter Schroeder
    Senate Democrats have unveiled legislation to alleviate Puerto Rico’s debt woes, urging that the island be allowed to declare bankruptcy on all of its debt. The bill, released Monday, would allow the U.S. territory to restructure its $72 billion in outstanding debt and create a fiscal oversight board for the island. “For the 3.5 million American citizens living on the island of Puerto Rico, time is running short,” said Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), one of the bill’s sponsors. “Congress has to act immediately to fix the federal funding shortfalls and give Puerto Rico the tools it needs to fully restructure...
  • Questionable Charity in Puerto Rico Has One Employee— the Governor’s Brother

    01/21/2016 3:33:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    NLPC ^ | January 21, 2016 | Peter Flaherty
    A nonprofit group founded by ex-New York SEIU boss Dennis Rivera has received big contributions from corporations that do business with the Puerto Rican government, while employing the governor's brother as its only employee. This arrangement was reported today by Alana Goodman of the Washington Free Beacon, based on information provided by NLPC. The charity, now known as "Sociedad Económica De Amigos del Pais," was founded in New York in 1996 by Rivera and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as the Hispanic Education and Legal Fund (HELF). Its name change, relocation to Puerto Rico and change of mission...
  • Menendez Shameless But Indictment Looms

    01/04/2016 10:08:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    NLPC ^ | January 3, 2016 | Peter Flaherty
    In a headline today NJ.com asks the question, "How has Menendez Indictment Affected His Senate Duties?" The story details how Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is acting if nothing is wrong, and quotesNLPC Chairman (not executive director) Ken Boehm: A leading Menendez critic said he had no problem with the senator's efforts to carry on as if he did not face criminal charges. "Defendants can act anyway they want," said Ken Boehm, executive director of the National Legal and Policy Center, a Falls Church, Va.-based watchdog group. "I take almost an attitude of, 'It's a free country, he's a free...
  • Judge largely denies Menendez, most charges stand

    09/28/2015 5:47:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Inquirer ^ | September 28, 2015 | Jonathan Tamari
    A federal judge has dealt Sen. Bob Menendez a setback in his defense against corruption charges, denying nearly all of the New Jersey Democrat’s motions to dismiss the charges or throw out evidence. Judge William Walls dismissed four of the bribery counts against Menendez and his friend and political donor, Salomon Melgen. All of those charges were related to donations Melgen made to Menendez’s legal defense fund, the Fund to Uphold the Constitution. But Menendez's most ambitious motions – attempting to have the entire case thrown out for prosecutorial misconduct or violations of Constitutional protections for legislative activity -- were...
  • WATCH: Menendez rips into Trump on immigration

    09/22/2015 10:29:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Times of Trenton ^ | September 22, 2015 | Brent Johnson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) TRENTON — U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez became the latest critic to lash into Donald Trump's controversial plan to combat illegal immigration, saying the Republican presidential frontrunner's proposals will never be put into action. "Let me say now: There will be no Berlin-style walls to divide us," Menendez (D-N.J.) said during a speech Sunday celebrating the sixth annual Hispanic Heritage Month at his alma mater, Union City High School, according to video posted by local news outlet Hudson County View. "There will be no mass deportations," he added, drawing loud applause from the crowd. "There will be no denying our...
  • DOJ: Menendez corruption 'clear and unmistakable'

    08/24/2015 3:01:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 24, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    The Justice Department is slamming Sen. Bob Menendez’s push to get corruption charges against him dropped, saying that the “quid pro quo outlined in the indictment is clear and unmistakable.” “The charges in this case are the result of a careful and professional investigation,” federal prosecutors said in court documents submitted Monday. The DOJ filed the documents in response to a push by Menendez’s legal team to have the case against him dismissed. The New Jersey Democrat's lawyers have raised questions about the government's tactics in the investigation. Prosecutors fired back that Menendez's legal motions "do nothing to dilute...
  • Menendez Address on Iran Nuclear Agreement (Democratic Senator's 45 minute speech opposing deal)

    08/19/2015 7:50:57 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | Aug 18, 2015 | SenatorMenendezNJ
    U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, provides a detailed and thoughtful analysis and announces his decision regarding the upcoming September vote on a Resolution of disapproval.
  • [Bob] Menendez presses State Department and FBI on Chesimard (ya rite)

    02/28/2015 9:57:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    NJ Advance Media via NJ.com ^ | February 26, 2015 at 5:09 PM | Jonathan D. Salant
    U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez today asked the State Department to give the return of convicted cop-killer Joanne Chesimard “the utmost importance” in new negotiations with Cuba. In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Menendez said that Chesimard and other fugitives must be extradited to the U.S. before Cuba is removed from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. …
  • Brazilian Actress’s Affair Could Take Down Sen. Menendez

    05/17/2015 10:30:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    A Brazilian actress-turned-lawyer admits she had an affair with the doctor pal of Sen. Robert Menendez, but claims she had no idea the indicted lawmaker pulled strings to get her a US visa. Juliana Lopes Leite defended herself last week during a prime-time interview on Brazilian TV, in response to a recent Post exposé that revealed the identities of two women who had obtained entry to the US thanks to the New Jersey Democrat’s aggressive efforts with the State Department.
  • WSJ Editorial Wrong About Menendez Indictment

    05/15/2015 9:13:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    NLPC ^ | May 15, 2015 | Peter Flaherty
    It’s been almost a month since the Wall Street Journal ran an editorial titled “The Menendez Indictment.” We responded in a letter to the editor that has not been published. It’s a safe bet it never will be, so we post it here. The Journal got to the point in its opening paragraph: Ill-defined federal laws now reach into virtually every sphere of human behavior, and thus prosecutors can destroy almost anyone they choose. The recent indictment of Senator Robert Menendez on 14 counts of corruption and “honest services” fraud is a troubling case in point that deserves more...
  • Malkin: SleazeBob Menendez's 36DD Visa Program

    04/21/2015 5:18:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 22, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    America has an alphabet soup of visa programs for foreigners to choose from: B-1 for business visitors, B-2 for tourists, EB-5 for investors, F-1 for students, and so on. All are overwhelmed, loosely monitored and riddled with fraud and corruption. According to the recently unsealed federal indictment against him, sleazy Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., took it upon himself to add his own very special, crooked path to the U.S. Call it the 36DD Visa. The New York Post recounted this weekend how Menendez and his staff pressured the State Department to expedite the foreign tourist and student visa approval processes...
  • Immigration advocates defend 'the senior senator for Latinos'

    04/01/2015 7:47:55 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 01, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Immigration reform advocates are rushing to the defense of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) following his indictment Wednesday on federal corruption charges. “My fervent hope is that Senator Menendez emerges from the current troubles stronger than ever,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of immigration rights organization America’s Voice. “For he is not only the senior Senator for New Jersey; he’s also the senior senator for Latinos,” he continued.