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Democrat senator denies prostitution allegations

By United Press International

The office of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., issued a statement Wednesday denying allegations a Florida doctor who is a friend lined up prostitutes for him.

The FBI Tuesday raided the office Dr. Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor practicing in West Palm Beach, Fla., who is the target of an Internal Revenue Service lien for more than $11 million, The Miami Herald reported. The newspaper said federal investigators were believed to be looking into Melgen's finances as well as the allegations about prostitutes.

"Dr. Melgen has been a friend and political supporter of Senator Menendez for many years," the statement issued by the senator's office said. "Senator Menendez has traveled on Dr. Melgen's plane on three occasions, all of which have been paid for and reported appropriately.

"Any allegations of engaging with prostitutes are manufactured by a politically motivated right-wing blog and are false."

Melgen has been a major contributor to Menendez's and other political campaigns. Menendez has flown to the Dominican Republic at least once on Melgen's private plane.

The Center for Responsive Politics said Melgen has contributed more than $200,000 to mostly Democratic candidates and various political committees since 1990, Roll Call said.

The Daily Caller, a conservative news website, reported just before last year's election Menendez, who is divorced, had had sex with two prostitutes at a resort in the Dominican Republic. The story included interviews with two women who said they were prostitutes.

Menendez won a second full term in the Senate in November with almost 60 percent of the vote.

Recently, reporters received copies of email exchanges between an FBI agent based in Miami and a man using the name Peter Williams, who said some of the prostitutes were minors. Williams refused to meet with the agent face to face, the dossier indicates.

Neither the FBI nor the agent, Regino Chavez, would comment, the Herald said. But the newspaper said sources in the FBI said the email exchange was genuine.

Menendez denied any wrongdoing when questioned by a Daily Caller reporter Monday during a ride on the subway linking the Capitol and Senate office buildings, saying the site had made "fallacious allegations."

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  1. mcrankComment by mcrank
    January 31, 2013 @ 6:25 am

    WSEX News with the latest DC sex scandal and could it be more Liberal lying (in more ways than one)?

    Let’s see: Menendez, naturally, denies all allegations—but he is associated with a Dr in Florida who, despite an $11 MILLION IRS tax lien, contributes heavily to Democratic candidate AND has allowed Menendex the use of his private plane. And, of course, the real culprit is some right-wing Conservative blogger out for political gain.

    All-too-familiar pattern here. I smell guilt.

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  2. capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
    January 31, 2013 @ 7:56 am

    most politicians cannot keep it in there pants,and all of them lie if there lips are moving,we have a politician where i live and the say he puts wd40 on his zipper cause he wants nothing slowing him down.

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  3. popstComment by popst
    January 31, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    Isn’t Menendez the person who kissed Hillarys A$$ last week at the hearings. He ranted that Republicians started 2 unfunded wars, sank the economy and killed Santa Clause. He seems to have forgetten LBJ’s “War on Poverty.” 50 years of throwing money down the sewer and still no end in sight. Were the “conflicts” in Korea or Vietnam funded? I seem to recall that there was a Democrat in the White House at the start of these “Conflicts” (wars). These guys need to read a history book instead of Playboy.

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  4. mysticComment by mystic
    January 31, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    First it was “I didn’t know my intern was here illegally”. Then it was “I didn’t know anything about anything to do with that intern”…both proved out to be patently false.

    Next round… sexual tourism, under aged prostitutes, big donner who owes the IRS 11million dollars… this is getting good folks. Good old fashioned gross-ism Washington style. It’s nice to see there is not straight up immunity and some decency can be brought to bare regardless who you are or what party you serve.

    Wonder if he’ll pull a Clinton? Start asking to define what ‘is’ is. lol

    ~M

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    • aretiredgiComment by aretiredgi
      January 31, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

      Naw, he’ll just resign before he gets indicted so he can keep his pension and benefits, and distribute his re-election war chest to close relations………same-o same-o Jesse Jackson Jr from Illinois.

      Don’t ya just love these oxygen thieves that some of you elected on multiple occasions.

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  5. slingshot383Comment by slingshot383
    January 31, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    The problem here is that one of the news stations knew about the investigation back in April 2012, and failed to report it.

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