Senator Robert Menendez, at Ridgewood REORG photo by Boyd Loving
Senator Bob Menendez Is Under Investigation For Sordid Ethics Violations
Agence France Press Feb. 7, 2013, 10:42 AM | 2,508 | 9
A U.S. Senate ethics panel is reviewing claims the head of the Foreign Relations Committee accepted inappropriate gifts from a Florida donor who flew him to the Dominican Republic, lawmakers said Friday.
U.S. media reported that the FBI conducted a raid on Tuesday on the West Palm Beach offices of Salomon Melgen, a friend who has made financial contributions to the political campaigns of Democratic Senator Robert Menendez.
The Miami Herald said investigators were probing the eye doctor’s links to Menendez, and how he flew the senator on his own private jet for a pair of trips to his estate in the Dominican Republic.
“The Ethics Committee will follow its established procedures in this matter,” panel member Senator Johnny Isakson said in a statement.
Lawmakers are launching a preliminary investigation, but the panel does not confirm its probes due to confidentiality concerns.
On Wednesday, Menendez issued a statement denying allegations that he and Melgen had held parties with prostitutes.