FBI agents late Tuesday night raided the West Palm Beach business of an eye doctor suspected of providing free trips and even underage Dominican Republic prostitutes to US Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) -- 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, to start hauling away potential evidence in several 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.
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.
Melgen also owns a private CL-600 Challenger plane through one of his West Palm Beach-based companies, and frequently flies between South Florida and Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, where he is from.
Menendez has flown on the plane at least once, his office has said, when he was chairman of the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee from 2009 to 2011, when the Melgens contributed about $60,400 to the group. A spokeswoman had previously said that Menendez and Melgen are longtime friends and said the senator did nothing improper.
Melgen was first linked to Menendez just before the November elections, when the conservative Daily Caller website interviewed two alleged prostitutes who said they had relations with the New Jersey Democrat at Melgen's Dominican Republic mansion in Casa de Campo.
After the election, the news died down.
But then, days before Menendez was about to start leading the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as chairman, reporters started receiving a 58-page dossier of emails between a Miami FBI agent and a tipster who claimed that some of the prostitutes had been underage.
"I'm not going to respond to the fallacious allegations of your story," Menendez told the Daily Caller on Monday when a reporter caught up with him on a train in Washington.
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Editor's Note: Have we mentioned that the media hypocrisy here is stunning? In several instances Republicans have been accused of sexual impropriety and the media has convicted them to the point of resignation and losing elections. Yet, here we have the FBI investigating the Senator and testimony of then under-aged prostitutes and the MSM is willfully ignoring the issue. Set aside for a moment the gross journalistic negligence in play here by organizations who are afforded First Amendment protection so they can do the job they refuse to do...Ask yourself, if the Progressive media complex is so incredibly concerned with women's rights and the rights of Third World inhabitants why isn't this story exploding onto the front pages? Answer, they don't give a damn about women or rights of anyone else, for that matter and especially not the rights of a Third World prostitute...all they care about is making sure "their side" wins...
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