FBI raids offices of doctor linked to Menendez travel, prostitution allegations

posted at 8:01 am on January 30, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

It seems the FBI still has some interest in the allegations surrounding Senator Bob Menendez and his travel to the Dominican Republic.  Late last night, the Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo reported that the FBI conducted a raid on the offices of Dr. Salomon Melgen, who has been linked to allegations that Menendez frequented prostitutes on those trips, with a recent allegation that one or more may have been underage.

FBI agents raided the West Palm Beach business of an eye doctor suspected of providing free trips and even underage Dominican Republic prostitutes to New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez — who has denied what he calls the “fallacious allegations.”

Agents gathered at the medical-office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a contributor to Menendez and other prominent politicians, late Tuesday night to start hauling away potential evidence in about a dozen white vans.

The investigation is believed to be focusing on Melgen’s finances and the allegations about Menendez’s trips and contact with prostitutes. A spokesman for Menendez could not be reached for comment, nor could Melgen.

A later report from the Herald explained about Melgen’s finances in more detail:

Melgen has an outstanding IRS lien of $11.1 million for taxes owed from 2006 to 2009, according to records filed with the Palm Beach County recorder’s office. A previous IRS lien for $6.2 million was released in 2011.

Despite those financial problems, Melgen and his family have contributed at least $357,000 to candidates and committees since 1998, according to Florida and federal campaign records. Of that, the Melgens have contributed about 9 percent to Menendez’s federal campaigns.

As Matthew Boyle at Brietbart notes, Menendez has refused to respond to “fallacious” claims:

This reporter broke the story while writing for TheDC last year, and interviewed two Dominican Republic women in November who claimed Menendez paid them for sex around Easter-time last year. The encounter apparently took place at Casa de Campo, a posh 7,000-acre resort in the Dominican Republic. Each woman told this reporter that Menendez had agreed to pay them $500 for sex but only paid them $100.

Emails published online last week support this reporter’s original accounts by confirming the existence of an FBI investigation. On August 1, 2012, the FBI had opened an inquiry into Menendez’s alleged prostitution solicitation—mainly because one of the prostitutes Menendez allegedly paid for sex was allegedly underage.

On Monday, Breitbart News’ Kerry Picket pressed Menendez on the issue. Menendez told Picket that he wasn’t “going to dignify that story” when she asked for comment.

That led to a truly jaw-dropping spectacle yesterday.  As Menendez bailed out of a presser regarding Hurricane Sandy relief funding, Harry Reid lashed out at the Daily Caller for raising the questions in the first place:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lashed out at The Daily Caller on Tuesday for running a series of stories since November containing allegations that Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez slept with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.

“I always consider the source,” Reid said, referring to TheDC, “and all anyone here has to look at is the source where this comes from. It’s — it’s a source that has brought up a lot of non-issues.” …

“I’ve told you how I feel about the source of this stuff. It’s really very, very typical for the source,” he added, again talking about TheDC.

Er … what? Let’s remind everyone that this is the same Harry Reid who repeatedly insisted that “sources” told him that Mitt Romney was a tax-cheating felon, while Reid insisted that the burden of proof was on Romney to prove himself innocent. No matter how one feels about the Menendez story, Reid has exactly zero standing to complain about allegations and their sourcing. That’s as breathtakingly shameless and hypocritical as it gets.

Furthermore, it’s as bad at timing as you’re likely to see in politics, either. The FBI raid is going to put egg on Reid’s face, and the spotlight on Menendez just as Reid elevates him to the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.


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this is Eric Holder’s Justice Dept. we’re dealing with, nothing will happen to Menendez and he knows it

commodore on January 30, 2013 at 8:04 AM

That led to a truly jaw-dropping spectacle yesterday. As Menendez bailed out of a presser regarding Hurricane Sandy relief funding, Harry Reid lashed out at the Daily Caller for raising the questions in the first place:

Harry Reid to media- How dare you question us. Don’t you know who we are?

Of course, the media and FBI stayed quiet about this entirely until after the corrupt pedophile got re-elected to another term in the Senate. Having rat-eared friends in high places really helps when you are trying to keep quiet your whoring in the Dominican Republic with 16-year-olds and heavy-hitting donors to your campaign.

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Er … what? Let’s remind everyone that this is the same Harry Reid who repeatedly insisted that “sources” told him that Mitt Romney was a tax-cheating felon, while Reid insisted that the burden of proof was on Romney to prove himself innocent.

What difference does it make?

This one statement works everywhere.

Electrongod on January 30, 2013 at 8:07 AM

this is Eric Holder’s Justice Dept. we’re dealing with, nothing will happen to Menendez and he knows it

commodore on January 30, 2013 at 8:04 AM

William Jefferson thought he was bulletproof too. That the FBI finally raided Dr. Melgen’s offices means that they have something that can’t be ignored- even by the rat-eared wonder and his corrupt AG. Whether Menendez goes down or is just embarrassed like Charlie Rangel or Barney Frank is another matter.

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2013 at 8:09 AM

And ABC news couldn’t be bothered with asking the tough questions to menendez

cmsinaz on January 30, 2013 at 8:09 AM

I’m just shocked,a Democrat!!!!

canopfor on January 30, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Move along, nothing to see here.

Oil Can on January 30, 2013 at 8:10 AM

This Dr. is a big Democratic contributor,so doesn’t look like anything is going to happen here.Blame it on the “Baggers”.

jeffinsjvca on January 30, 2013 at 8:11 AM

FBI raids offices of doctor linked …

Here’s hoping things get downright proctological for the senator. Of course, with a Obammunist DOJ it may all depend on whether Menendez is a White Hispanic or a Hispanic Hispanic.

M240H on January 30, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Ya know,Menendez should of bypassed the Doctor,
and went to the Secret Service,er,I mean the DEA!
(snark).

canopfor on January 30, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Had he been a Republican, this would have been a big story during the elections. The media needs to go.

smoothsailing on January 30, 2013 at 8:12 AM

This one statement works everywhere.

Electrongod on January 30, 2013 at 8:07 AM

For willfully ignorant libs any way.

cozmo on January 30, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Silly rabbit they have to have a D next to their name for Reid to care about being truthful

cmsinaz on January 30, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Maybe Booker and Lautenberg won’t have to fight over a Senate seat after all.

Mark1971 on January 30, 2013 at 8:12 AM

“I’ve told you how I feel about the source of this stuff. It’s really very, very typical for the source,” [Harry Reid] added, again talking about TheDC.

That’s what I said when ssoommeeoonnee said this:

“The word’s out that he hasn’t paid ANY taxes for TEN YEARS. Let him prove that he has paid taxes, because HE HASN’T.”

- Senator Harry Reid

But, I was actually reasonable and rational. Harry and his imaginary friends were never credible sources.

Resist We Much on January 30, 2013 at 8:13 AM

M240H on January 30, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Menendez is down for the struggle, that makes him sufficiently minority.

cozmo on January 30, 2013 at 8:15 AM

But menendez will be the first Hispanic to chair this committee ignore the facts shame on the conservative blogs
-lsm

cmsinaz on January 30, 2013 at 8:15 AM

I know many of you saw the fake skeet shooting photo yesterday, but it gets worse…

The New Republic Pushes Fake Picture of Obama Skeet Shooting…Then Blames Twitter (UPDATED)

Resist We Much on January 30, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Thank God ABC was all over this story…
Now 60 Minutes will run an expose on the matter.

-Things that would have been said if Menendez was a Republican

mjbrooks3 on January 30, 2013 at 8:20 AM

+1 mjb

cmsinaz on January 30, 2013 at 8:22 AM

+This is EXACTLY what Obama was talking about the other day when he scolded the media for providing too much EQUAL coverage to both the DNC & GOP and how they should be doing more negative reporting of the GOP….NOT THE DNC!

easyt65 on January 30, 2013 at 8:22 AM

New Jersey residents should ask for a “Do Over.” Again.

Fleuries on January 30, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Melgen has an outstanding IRS lien of $11.1 million for taxes owed from 2006 to 2009, according to records filed with the Palm Beach County recorder’s office.

Where’s Harry Reid with the outrage over unpaid taxes?

Despite those financial problems, Melgen and his family have contributed at least $357,000 to candidates and committees since 1998

Oh. He’s been paying Reid and his ilk bribes. No wonder.

HotAirian on January 30, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Melgen has an outstanding IRS lien of $11.1 million for taxes owed from 2006 to 2009, according to records filed with the Palm Beach County recorder’s office. A previous IRS lien for $6.2 million was released in 2011.

Despite those financial problems, Melgen and his family have contributed at least $357,000 to candidates and committees since 1998, according to Florida and federal campaign records.

Why don’t we have a law that prevents campaign contributions from those with outstanding IRS liens from 6+ years ago?

blammm on January 30, 2013 at 8:26 AM

So,um,……you go to the Doctor,and you get a Prostitute
Prescription,and is this covered in HopeyCare!!

(sarc)

canopfor on January 30, 2013 at 8:28 AM

who cares! Marco Rubio used a govt credit card one time

Slade73 on January 30, 2013 at 8:28 AM

lokk on the bright side, maybe Gov Christie will appoint Christine Todd Whitman to the vacant Senate seat…

mjbrooks3 on January 30, 2013 at 8:31 AM

lokk on the bright side, maybe Gov Christie will appoint Christine Todd Whitman to the vacant Senate seat…

mjbrooks3 on January 30, 2013 at 8:31 AM

You heard it here first: Menendez will be eventually pushed out, and Christie will appoint Cory Booker, who’s being actively groomed for 2024 run. That’s his agreement with Obama. $50 billion pork barrel for “Sandy relief”, even though the damages are barely half that amount, is a down payment on the appointment.

Archivarix on January 30, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Searchlight NV is getting a new eye doctor ?

Lucano on January 30, 2013 at 8:37 AM

“I always consider the source,” Reid said, referring to TheDC, “and all anyone here has to look at is the source where this comes from. It’s — it’s a source that has brought up a lot of non-issues.” …

“I’ve told you how I feel about the source of this stuff. It’s really very, very typical for the source,” he added, again talking about TheDC.

Did Lackoff the Linguist school the Dems into repeating their talking points in order to sound credible? to reinforce the lie?

This is the same stunt that the Dems pull when using the word extreme when defining any Republican or Republican plan.

onlineanalyst on January 30, 2013 at 8:40 AM

+1 Canopfor

Heh

cmsinaz on January 30, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Good news. No matter your party affiliation, you don’t pi** off the FBI.

tommy71 on January 30, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Had he been a Republican, this would have been a big story during the elections. The media needs to go.

smoothsailing on January 30, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Big story? He would’ve withdrawn from the race had he been a Republican. Hell, Jack Ryan dropped out(paving the way for Dear Leader’s ascension) because of far less scandalous revelations.

Doughboy on January 30, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Underage Dominican prostitutes…doing the jobs American won’t do.

monalisa on January 30, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Harry Reid doesn’t abide scurrilous accusations, he wields them. Other stuff Harry Reid wields: pederasty, human skin, extreme creepiness, magic underwear…

Slade73 on January 30, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Menendez has refused to respond to “fallacious” claims:

One would be extremely naive to not believe he did it.It sounds like he was a regular and a cheap one at that.

docflash on January 30, 2013 at 8:46 AM

what is an underage prostitute in the DR? or – how low did Menendez go?

Slade73 on January 30, 2013 at 8:56 AM

what does it say about the media that Seamus the Dog got more coverage than this?

Slade73 on January 30, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Underage Dominican prostitutes…doing the jobs American won’t do.

monalisa on January 30, 2013 at 8:44 AM

I don’t know what you’re talking about. As a United States Democrat Senator, the bastard was probably comped by the prostitute out of professional courtesy.

Seriously though, the real story is that the bastard loses all credibility when talking about human traffiking and exploitation of children when he jets off with a donor to whore around with children.

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Well, he does have some experience in foreign relations.

countrybumpkin on January 30, 2013 at 9:09 AM

So Senator Bob Menendez supports more offshore drilling?

ChuckTX on January 30, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Despite those financial problems, Melgen and his family have contributed at least $357,000 to candidates and committees since 1998, according to Florida and federal campaign records. Of that, the Melgens have contributed about 9 percent to Menendez’s federal campaigns.

And

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9832588/Anna-Wintours-boyfriend-owes-US-government-1.2-million-in-taxes.html

J. Shelby Bryan, the long-term boyfriend of Anna Wintour, the Vogue editor in contention to be Barack Obama’s next ambassador to Britain, owes the US government more than $1.2 million (£760,000) in taxes.

President Obama singled him out and thanked him when he was in NY for the famous “Don’t be Late!” fundraiser…with Sarahh Jessicahh Pah kah and Meechelle Obah Ma.

Too many tax cheats.

And last year, John Kerry FAILED to pay the excise tax on his YACHT, “Your Yacht!” to the state of Massachusetts, by lying and saying he did not know where it was anchored…somewhere out in the ocean, maybe Newport…when it was sitting in Nantucket. The tax bill, something like $400K?

http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/john-kerry-still-owes-taxes-on-his-7-million-yacht/

The more money democrats have, the less they remember to pay. Of course, the IRS is not out LOOKING for them.

Fleuries on January 30, 2013 at 9:25 AM

So Senator Bob Menendez supports more offshore drilling?

ChuckTX on January 30, 2013 at 9:19 AM

OMG, that was genuinely funny!

Archivarix on January 30, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Not to worry, there will be an internal investigation in Menendez’s office that will exonerate him of all charges. And then the external investigation stops and all is fine.

savage24 on January 30, 2013 at 9:49 AM

The FBI raid is going to put egg on Reid’s face, and the spotlight on Menendez just as Reid elevates him to the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Hey he’s just getting a jumpstart. Reaching out and fostering good relations with the populace of foreign nations….particularly the youth…particularly the female…particularly the attractive.

So what exactly would it take to remove a corrupt pol from Jersey so Christie could choose the replacement?

abnormal_1 on January 30, 2013 at 9:50 AM

So Senator Bob Menendez supports more offshore drilling?

ChuckTX on January 30, 2013 at 9:19 AM

ChuckTX:Lol,good one!:)

canopfor on January 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

+1 Canopfor

Heh

cmsinaz on January 30, 2013 at 8:40 AM

cmsinaz:-O

canopfor on January 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Hey Reid! Karma’s a bitch!

GarandFan on January 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Looks like they will be holding two Senatorial election in NJ.

Tater Salad on January 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Don’t know if anybody has brought this up, (sorry haven’t gone through all the comments on the threads about this) but does anybody else think this is the solution to the Lautenberg/Booker feud?

The media predictably couldn’t give two ratasses about it last year when it could have weakened him against Kyrillos, but suddenly it’s a drip drip drip sort of problem when there is a potential nasty primary on the horizon. So either push the pervert out now, let Lautenberg retire and promise Pallone the indefensible Christie-appointed seat in the next election. Or keep the old geezer in office and promise Booker the landslide victory against the indefensible Christie-appointed seat.

Maybe too much of a weird long gambit, but we know the Dems don’t care about loyalty if it means getting the right face in where they want it. Not that I’ll even begin to shed half a tear for pervert Menendez.

Gingotts on January 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM

“Underage prostitute” means child sex-slave. Just look at Europe, which is a snapshot of where the US is headed, where these types of sex-rings serve EU officials and decadent royalty. Things here are a hell of a lot more ugly than most people imagine.

Boystown Barry is just the tip of the iceberg.

sartana on January 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

No biggie. Menendez will simply take $800 of Hurricane Sandy relief money to pay the Dominican hookers what he owes them, and by 2018 all is hunky-dawy for the votiz in NaJoyzy.

Steve Z on January 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM

As Menendez bailed out of a presser regarding Hurricane Sandy relief funding, Harry Reid lashed out at the Daily Caller for raising the questions in the first place:

One alleged pederast defending another.

Whooda thunkit…

JohnGalt23 on January 30, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Sen. Bob Menendez — [] has denied what he calls the “fallacious allegations.

Who talks like that ? Why not just say “false allegations” ?

Did some communications person tell him to use “fallacious” as opposed to simply “false” ?

And technically, fallacious is softer than simply “false”.

or, perhaps he had falllllacio on his mind.

williampeck1958 on January 30, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Their is no leftist bias in the media. I am sure if a republican was accused of paying to rape a child there would also be no coverage in the news.

Ellis on January 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM

There’s a lesson in all this. Like the Secret Service learned, don’t stiff the working girls.

schmuck281 on January 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM