CNN has learned the Department of Justice is preparing an indictment against Senator Bob Menendez on corruption charges relating to his relationship with a Florida businessman, Salomon Melgen, who is a donor and friend of Menendez.
The impending charges against Menendez emerged as the result of fraud charges leveled against Melgen for Medicare overbilling, of which Melgen was a significant recipient of Medicare reimbursements. According to the DOJ, Menendez intervened on Melgen’s behalf. Equally troubling is the additional accusation Menendez again advocated on Melgen’s behalf to prevent the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency from donating port-screening equipment to the Dominican Republic; Melgen has an interest in a firm, ICSSI, which manufactures and sells x-ray equipment used to scan cargo at port facilities.
As Melgen’s guest on trips to the Caribbean nation, Menendez failed to disclose the excursions. When the DOJ commenced the investigation, Menendez paid $58,000 to Melgen and stated the negligence was the result of “oversight.”
Menendez has recently surfaced as a fierce critic of Obama on two foreign-policy issues: Diplomatic recognition of Cuba and the Obama Administration’s negotiations with Iran.
Eric Holder is stepping down and not departing with a whimper: Holder just released a report critical of the Ferguson police department and now has authorized the advancement of an investigation of an Obama critic. This investigation could be a credible pursuit of justice or an instrument of retaliation against Menendez for his for his support of Israel and aggressive criticism of Obamas Cuba policy. Is a putative renegade being targeted here?
By the way, there are some unwholesome stories about prostitution among the allegations against Menendez.