A sitting U. S. Senator is on trial for corruption and is involved in a sex scandal, but you wouldn’t know it.

Robert Menendez, (D-NJ) is on trial for 12 counts of bribery and corruption; his co-defendant, Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, is on for 11 counts. The jury is deadlocked but will resume deliberations today.

CNN touched on four of the charges:

Official Act #1: Visas for Friends
Official Act #2: The Dominican Port Security Contract
Official Act #3: US Scanning Equipment Donation to the Dominican Republic
Official Act #4: Attempt to resolve Melgen’s $8.9 million billing dispute

The trial is new, but I was posting on How Bob Menendez sponsored a bill that would have benefited his biggest political donor four years ago. Four and a half years ago I was already saying that The real scandal in the Menendez story… is the relationship between Miami ophthalmologist Solomon Melgen and Menendez.

Back then the media was not interested in corruption charges involving Democrats goings-on, least of all in the Dominican Republic. Things changed when Menendez became ranking member of the Committee on Foreign Relations.

The Obama administration was displeased by Menendez’s positions on the Iran deal, Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, and by

Menendez’s support of dissidents from countries other than Cuba: He vigorously supports the State of Israel against Iran-sponsored Hamas in Gaza, which also figures in his support of international sanctions against the Iranian nuclear program – sanctions that Ecuador and Venezuela attempt to help Iran avoid.

Most of this was ignored. I know from experience (having blogged on LatAm for 13 years) that news involving overseas transactions generally elicit eyes glazing over.

Hawever, sex sells, so the headlines mentioned that he liked the ‘newest and youngest’ prostitutes. The missing hos turned up, and apparently were not underage in Dominican Republic law.

The legal issue was, and is, as Glenn Reynolds pointed out then, a

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Billion With a ‘B’: Did Menendez Provide Special Favors to HookerGate Donor? “Follow the money – if Melgen had a billion-dollar contract at stake, his ‘friendship’ with Senator Menendez was obviously more than a mere social acquaintance, which doesn’t necessarily mean that it was illegal for Menendez to pressure the administration to help Melgen enforce his Dominican port security contract. But how and why does a Florida opthalmologist become an international port-security mogul?”

The fact remains that the media would rather not cover the trial, and guess who’s to blame,

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When I wrote about Robert Menendez a few days ago one of the stories I linked to mentioned how the justice department didn’t move against him until he had not only gone against the Dem party line on a couple of issues but when is vote in the Senate became expendable once Obama was safely re-elected and the majority already lost.

But there is a new twist these days to this story that suggests his status has changed, consider this:

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders refused to say whether or not New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez should resign if he’s convicted of charges related to corruption.

“Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa,” Sanders told Jake Tapper on CNN’s ‘State of the Union” Sunday morning. “You know, I think in this country, people are entitled to due process. I’m not into speculating what if. That will be Menendez’s decision. He has not been convicted. Let the process take its course.”

What?  The conscience of the left won’t suggest Menendez should resign?  That’s interesting, but what’s more interesting is he’s not alone:

Schumer later ignored a question asking whether Menendez should resign if he is convicted. Federal prosecutors allege Menendez took bribes for years and attempted to cover it up, while using the power of his office to benefit a wealthy donor.

“I think I’m not going to go down that path,” Cardin said in response to a question about the possibility of a conviction. “Obviously we are all waiting to see what happens with the outcome of that.”

This seems to make no sense, after all the GOP already has the majority and even with Chris Christie appointing a replacement until a special election can anyone give a reason why Democrats to care if the GOP majority is 52-48 or 53-47?

Actually I can give you three:

Senators:  John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.

Thanks to the determined efforts of these three GOP Senators the attempt to repeal Obamacare, pass Tax Cuts and Defund Planned Parenthood have been one vote shy, stopping them in their tracks, forcing the president to use the same executive order tactics that the previous administration has to try, to get around them.

But if Senator Robert Menendez is forced to resign then Governor Chris Christie appointment might become that vital 50th vote to allow Donald Trump to do all three.

So because of this, utilitarian Democrats have decided that it doesn’t matter if Menendez is convicted of corruption or banged and paid off underage women, as long as that vote saves Obamacare, Planned Parenthood funding (which is funneled to Democrat candidates) even in the post Harvey Weinstein era Democrats will stand by their man.

In fact I submit and suggest that if Harvey Weinstein was the Senator from NJ the media and the left would be defending his right to hold his seat and the media would be joining them.


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As a rule anything that Don Surber writes interests me but this piece concerning Senator Robert Menendez and underage hookers…

Democratic Senator Robert Menendez is on trial for taking bribes from a Florida eye doctor, who committed $105 million in Medicare fraud.

Among the payoffs to Menendez were trips to the Dominican Republic, where he may have slept with underage hookers, federal prosecutors said.

I am not saying he is guilty, but he is a supporter of Hillary — just as perverts like Bil Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, and Tony Weiner are.

…brought back a few memories.

It reminded me of this piece at DaTechGuy blog in 2012:

Any person who thinks democrat women who still kneel and worship at the altar of Bill Clinton are going to care about Bob Menendez paying for sex from women in the Dominican Republic has not paid attention to the Democrat party and where they have gone in the last 15 years.

I have no doubt as long as Mendenez votes the way Ms. Ledbetter and the media wants she and they will have absolutely no problem with any thing he does with any woman.

And this one from January 2013

I suspect this was the strategy of Senator Robert Melendez as he appeared on ABC’s THIS WEEK two days after news of the FBI investigation of a sexual scandal involving underage Dominican Hookers broke.

Alas for the Senator ABC News’ Martha  Raddatz totally foiled that strategy by cleverly choosing to refuse to ask a single question on the subject 

oh and this one also from Jan 2013

The senator’s alleged underpayment of these young ladies apparently was an effort to limit the degree of their victimhood.

Furthermore his continued silence on the matter in the face of a FBI investigation is clearly an effort by the senator to keep the embarrassment of these young ladies victim status away from the national press

and this from March of the same year:

CNN in fact didn’t touch the story until they could spend twenty minutes attacking it. At the Washington Post the Sunday of CPAC a long story defending Menendez appeared. The very suggestion that these outlets would be part of a conspiracy to frame Menendez when they’ve done their best to ignore the guilty pleas in New Jersey concerning dirty money is so laughable it’s a wonder anyone would make them.

Or rather it would be laughable to anyone who knows how US media is.

Plus one from 2015 noting why Menendez was suddenly of interest to a Democrat partisan “Justice” department

Menendez was defending Israel and expressing suspicion of Iran long before this month.  The Kirk Menendez Amendment putting sanctions on Iran dates from 2011 Why were his speeches and critiques not enough to cause a break?

That’s actually easy. He wasn’t expendable then.

Before Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012 a high profile hispanic was vital. Before the 2014 with the prospect of control of the senate hanging by a single seat, every person with a “D” next to their name was vital.

And even a few weeks ago with the first test of the Democrats ability to shake down Mitch McConnell & John Boehner it was vital to make sure there was party unity.

But now that all the elections are over, now that the amnesty money is secure and now that the Democrat party knows that 41 united democrats can bend Republican leaders like a yoga instructor Robert Menendez becomes expendable.

And this final retrospective piece from 2015 noting Stacy McCain’s coverage

While some like Robert Stacy McCain covered the scandal in some depth, it being 2013 a year the democrats still hoped to keep the Senate Gavel in Harry Reid’s hands and Martha Raddatz being Martha Raddatz didn’t find the War on underage Women theme newsworthy enough to ask Senator Menendez about it:

and drawing this conclusion:

The Mainstream media first priority is, and will always be serving the needs of the Obama administration in particular and the Democrat party in general.  No story from the Planned parenthood protests to crime involving people with the wrong perp victim racial or religious mix is going to be considered national news if it contrary to any liberal meme.

Or put let’s put it another way.  If Robert Menendez had been a Republican when this story broke in 2012 the media and the left would have forced his resignation the fact that five years later a solid newsman like Don Surber is still writing about this story concerning Menendez as a sitting senator tells you that just because the left is running from Harvey Weinstein the protect Democrats at all costs meme is still going strong.

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As Pete notes, the knives are out against Robert Menendez, with lurid headlines again screaming Sen. Robert Menendez may have had sex with underage hookers in Dominican Republic. Menendez’s office again denied the accusations, which are part of a larger case (emphasis added),

And unlike in many federal public corruption cases, this prosecution revolves, in part, around testimony by ex-girlfriends of Menendez and his donor, the eye doctor Melgen. The Justice Department says at least six of those girlfriends are “direct witnesses to the corrupt relationship between the defendants.” Prosecutors added that they didn’t call all of the men’s former paramours, only those who benefited from the alleged corruption.

Woe betide those whose former girlfriends talk, or whose divorce records are opened.

It’s curious to see the hooker story pop up again. I have been blogging on the case for the last couple of years, and noted that a grand jury in Florida already found no basis for the prostitution allegations. Let’s not forget why it has.

The knives are out on Menendez for three reasons, all pertaining to foreign policy:
1. The Iran deal (about which we have been posting), and Cuba:

Mr. Menendez sharply questioned State Department officials about Mr. Obama’s move to open diplomatic relations with Cuba, calling it “a bad deal” that “compromised bedrock principles for virtually no concessions.” In December, Mr. Menendez, a son of Cuban immigrants who has made opposition to the Castro leadership a centerpiece of his political life, said Mr. Obama’s decision had “vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.”

He has also battled with Mr. Obama over a bill to impose new sanctions on Iran, which the president argues would undermine talks to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Mr. Menendez is a co-sponsor of the bill.

And during Mr. Obama’s State of the Union address last month, Mr. Menendez sat grim-faced as other Democrats cheered the president’s promise to veto any effort to roll back his domestic agenda. Days later, Mr. Menendez told Obama administration officials that they sounded as if they were peddling “talking points that come straight out of Tehran” in arguing against his sanctions bill.

2. Russia

All the while, Mr. Menendez has agitated for a more aggressive response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, calling for more sanctions on Moscow and military assistance to Kiev.

3. Menendez’s support of dissidents from countries other than Cuba: He vigorously supports the State of Israel against Iran-sponsored Hamas in Gaza, which also figures in his support of international sanctions against the Iranian nuclear program – sanctions that Ecuador and Venezuela attempt to help Iran avoid. And, by the way, last year the story was that Menendez was allegedly helping a pair of Ecuadorian fugitive bankers.

The “Ecuadorian fugitive bankers” are brothers William and Roberto Isaías, who fled Ecuador ten years ago after the government allegedly confiscated media outlets they owned which were critical of the government. They are here legally.

As ranking member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, his word carries a lot of weight. Bringing him down is taking a heck of a lot of work. The senior senator from NJ is not giving up.

The die on the disastrous Iran deal may already have been cast and Menendez’s six-point rebuttal may amount to Failure Theater. No matter what, sinking Menendez sends out a clear message.

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Two years ago I was writing about Senator Robert Menendez and his scandals both financial:

Pols like Senator Menendez routinely seek donations of large amounts of money, A businessman funnels a large amount of money to him and rather than an accomplice as a receiver of $98,000 in illegal campaign funds this makes Senator Menendez… a victim!

True it wasn’t until there was a guilty plea in this case that the Senator decided to abdicate victim status by giving the money to charity, but sometimes it takes time for victims to come forward.

and ahem…others…

The victim status that comes from obtaining money from an illegal source also explains his silence to Kerry Picket concerning the underage Dominican Hooker Story

Two women from the Dominican Republic told The Daily Caller that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez paid them for sex earlier this year.

In interviews, the two women said they met Menendez around Easter at Casa de Campo, an expensive 7,000-acre resort in the Dominican Republic. They claimed Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex acts, but in the end they each received only $100.

The senator’s alleged underpayment of these young ladies apparently was an effort to limit the degree of their victimhood.

While some like Robert Stacy McCain covered the scandal in some depth, it being 2013 a year the democrats still hoped to keep the Senate Gavel in Harry Reid’s hands and Martha Raddatz being Martha Raddatz didn’t find the War on underage Women theme newsworthy enough to ask Senator Menendez about it:

I suspect this was the strategy of Senator Robert Melendez as he appeared on ABC’s THIS WEEK two days after news of the FBI investigation of a sexual scandal involving underage Dominican Hookers broke.

Alas for the Senator ABC News’ Martha  Raddatz totally foiled that strategy by cleverly choosing to refuse to ask a single question on the subject

And CNN did one better 

The MSM has been dragged kicking and screaming to this story. The three networks other than the Daily Caller mentioned in this report all lean left. CNN in fact didn’t touch the story until they could spend twenty minutes attacking it. At the Washington Post the Sunday of CPAC a long story defending Menendez appeared. The very suggestion that these outlets would be part of a conspiracy to frame Menendez when they’ve done their best to ignore the guilty pleas in New Jersey concerning dirty money is so laughable it’s a wonder anyone would make them.

Some expected an apology from me after the story was “debunked” but I decided against it using basic Sicilian logic:

Which do you think is more likely?

Scenario #1 

2 US left of center Spanish News networks and one flaming liberal international network along with the Daily Caller paid this man $5000 to spread false rumors about Democratic Senator Bob Menendez in order to bring him down so GOP Governor Chris Christie could appoint a replacement

Scenario #2

People with a vested interest in this story going away who are profiting from the money brought to the DR by the Senator & his connections in conjunction with the famously honest Dominican Republic police pressured persuaded this man to make these charges to discredit the story.

With the Senate Lost after 2014 Menendez’s became expendable and the corruption news (but not the sex scandal) started to break out:

But now that all the elections are over, now that the amnesty money is secure and now that the Democrat party knows that 41 united democrats can bend Republican leaders like a yoga instructor Robert Menendez becomes expendable.

It isn’t Menendez’s corruption,  nor his support of Israel, or even his outspoken condemnation of the Iran deal that doomed him.  It’s because like Vince Wilfork.  He’s suddenly no longer worth the price.

But now that he has become only the 2nd US senator to publicly come out against the Iran deal mere corruption (a thing that is almost assumed of a pol these days) simply isn’t enough so violá 

Senator Robert Menendez may have had sex with underage Hooker in Dominican Republic: prosecutors

That’s the headline at the New York Daily News Tuesday.  So apparently all that debunking that was taking place by the MSM at a time when the Democrats wanted to avoid any damage prior to an election and the obamacare fights apparently wasn’t as good as they claimed.

“Some of the young women who received substantial sums of money from defendant Melgen were in the same place as defendant Menendez at the same times,” the government notes.

Prosecutors say that when the allegations about hookers surfaced, Menendez lied, making the “demonstrably false” claim that he’d only flown on Melgen’s plane three times.

There are two lessons to be taken from this story:

1.  The Mainstream media first priority is, and will always be serving the needs of the Obama administration in particular and the Democrat party in general.  No story from the Planned parenthood protests to crime involving people with the wrong perp victim racial or religious mix is going to be considered national news if it contrary to any liberal meme.

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…then maybe they might have managed to find this woman without traveling to the Dominican Republic to get a picture of a reporter knocking on a door:

The escort, who earns money having sex with men in upscale hotel rooms, said during an in-person interview that many of her wealthy and powerful customers use pseudonyms when arranging for her services, and when meeting her in person.

TheDC showed the woman a photo of Menendez, however, and she identified him as a former client.

and while CNN could only knock on doors the Daily Caller people managed to get a bit more:

Beth added that Buchyk’s responsibilities to Melgen have included procuring young women in the Dominican Republic whom he and his friends — including Menendez — can pay for sex.

“There’s so many brothels there,” Beth told TheDC. “Women are nothing. They’re [treated like] trash there, at any age. They have no meaning, no reason for being. So she [Buchyk] would OK it, because that’s her job.”

SB“Buchyk” would be model Svitlana Buchyk who was involved in a dispute concerning her residence in a Condo owned Menendez donor Dr. Salomon Melgen.

Court records also show that Melgen was drawn into a 2009 dispute over whether a Ukrainian actress named Svitlana Buchyk could occupy an oceanfront condominium that Melgen leased at Aquarius on Singer Island in Riviera Beach. The Condominium Association of Aquarius objected because Buchyk did not apply for the association’s approval.

What I find more interesting about Ms. Buchyk (other than the obvious) from the Palm Beach Post Story is this:

In Palm Beach County, Buchyk listed Melgen’s business address when she received a ticket in 2009 for having excessive tinting on the windows of a four-door Chevrolet she was driving. She listed Melgen’s North Palm Beach home address when she received traffic tickets in 2010 and 2011.

and this

Buchyk, 26, could not be reached last week. The Miami Herald reported that it briefly reached Buchyk on Jan. 31 and she said she had worked for Melgen in the past, but would not answer questions about the type of work she did.

While Menendez office expressed “curiosity” over they story there didn’t provide a Statement concerning the question of the Senator paying for sex or no.

Perhaps if CNN has that same level of curiosity they would have been able to find the same people the Daily Caller has been able to. Granted I wouldn’t expect an international organization like CNN to have the reach of such distinguished news organizations as The Daily Caller or the Palm Beach Post but I’d think considering the combination Washington Power, Money and Beautiful women they might have managed a little better than their door knocking stunt.

At the very least Jeannie Most could have done a story on the rewards of an exciting career in Optometry

If only Menendez was a Republican, or at least was seen drinking water somewhere.

Update:  Despite the rule 5 implications Stacy McCain expresses caution

I would be cautious about a source like this, who contacts reporters after reading coverage of a scandal. Not to say that I doubt Senator Menendez patronizes prostitutes, just saying that without some corroborating evidence — a credit card receipt, a hotel bill, etc. — I’d be cautious about the source. Perhaps the Daily Caller has such corroboration and is witholding it.

The question of whether Menendez was in the habit of patronizing prostitutes is, of course, relevant to his relationship with Florida businessman Salomon Melgen and their alleged sex parties in the Dominican Republic, where prostitution is legal, but where at least one Dominican prostitute told reporter Matthew Boyle that she had sex with Menendez when she was 15, which is illegal even there.

I would think an excellent place to start would be Ms. Buchyk and her travel.

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Perchik: Money is the world’s curse.

Tevye: May the Lord smite me with it. And may I never recover!

Fiddler on the Roof 1971

A while Back the twin city tea party hosted Pat Barron who ran as an independent for Congress back in 2010 in what was at the time the 3rd Massachusetts district. He spoke about money in politics and noted that one of the real surprises that a lot of new members of congress face is the huge demands from the party to raise funds.

He described phone banking with long lists of potential contributes and thresholds that members are expected to attain. The mental picture is something like a giant telemarketing scheme that never seems to end with members of congress a direct cog in it

So when I read this story out of New Jersey…

An Elmwood Park man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring with his brother to violate federal election law by steering $21,400 in illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.

Benedetto Bigica, 45, admitted that he worked with his brother, Joseph, of Franklin Lakes, from April 2005 to April 2008 to make the illegal contributions

…and this response from the Menendez campaign…

A spokesman for Menendez has acknowledged that the senator was the unnamed federal official cited in court papers in the case but said Menendez was a victim of Joseph Bigica’s.

“Senator Menendez’s campaign, a victim of the fraud that ensued, cooperated fully with the investigation,” Mike Soliman, Menendez’s state director and former campaign manager, said Tuesday.

…my head started to spin.

Pols like Senator Menendez routinely seek donations of large amounts of money, A businessman funnels a large amount of money to him and rather than an accomplice as a receiver of $98,000 in illegal campaign funds this makes Senator Menendez… a victim!

True it wasn’t until there was a guilty plea in this case that the Senator decided to abdicate victim status by giving the money to charity, but sometimes it takes time for victims to come forward.

What I find interesting is how little stretching of this elastic definition of “victimhood” it would take for Joseph Bigica to claim the title:

Joseph Bigica, 47, an insurance broker, was a prominent Democratic contributor who won millions of dollars in no-bid government contracts across North Jersey.

After all if the Senator is a victim for receiving tens of thousands by less that ethical means surely those millions of dollars make Mr Bigica an even bigger victim!

This story might be an alternative explanation as to why Senator Menendez abruptly left yesterday’s hurricane Sandy press conference, although it makes little sense. The press conference is about helping victims and the senator as a victim should have fit right in.

The victim status that comes from obtaining money from an illegal source also explains his silence to Kerry Picket concerning the underage Dominican Hooker Story

Two women from the Dominican Republic told The Daily Caller that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez paid them for sex earlier this year.

In interviews, the two women said they met Menendez around Easter at Casa de Campo, an expensive 7,000-acre resort in the Dominican Republic. They claimed Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex acts, but in the end they each received only $100.

The senator’s alleged underpayment of these young ladies apparently was an effort to limit the degree of their victimhood.

Furthermore his continued silence on the matter in the face of a FBI investigation is clearly an effort by the senator to keep the embarrassment of these young ladies victim status away from the national press, or at least away from the members of the national press that finds it newsworthy.

And you thought Chivalry is dead?

Update: Chivalry or no, once Jay Leno starts joking

it’s hard to ignore it. Particular when the FBI is banging down doors:

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 U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. — 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.

Another contributor, Don’t tell me the Senator has been victimized again!

Two Simple words in the English Language: I Forgot

Steve Martin

In the movie “A guide for the married man” there is a famous exchange between Walter Mathew and Robert Morse when Matthau’s character is advised what to do in case his wife gets suspicious in the event of an affair:

Mosre:   Deny Deny Deny, no matter what she knows or thinks she knows, Deny it!

Matthau:  But what if she really knows…

Mosre:  Deny it

Mosre:  but what if she really

Mosre:  Deny

Mosre:  but what if she

Mosre:  Deny Deny DENY!

I suspect this was the strategy of Senator Robert Melendez as he appeared on ABC’s THIS WEEK two days after news of the FBI investigation of a sexual scandal involving underage Dominican Hookers broke.

Alas for the Senator ABC News’ Martha  Raddatz totally foiled that strategy by cleverly choosing to refuse to ask a single question on the subject provoking this comment from Jim Hoft

That’s outrageous. You could imagine the grilling this man would have taken if he had an “R” behind his name instead of a “D”. Instead, ABC willfully keeps the public in the dark on this horrific scandal.

and this from Glenn Reynolds

That’s what media apparatchiks do.

I’d say that Senator Menendez should think his lucky starts, but as this story actually broke before the election and no member of the mainstream media had bothered to touch it, perhaps Martha Raddatz thought it would be unfair for them to start now.

Of course, now we have two scandals.  Senator Menendez’s scandal now being investigated by the FBI and the scandal of Martha (of course I’m not too Biased for the VP debate) Raddatz deciding that a senator being investigated by the FBI for banging underage hookers isn’t newsworthy.

Naturally the new media and Radio Hosts will have a field day with it tomorrow, in fact I’ll certainly mention it in Under the Fedora and on next week’s show.  That being so the real question becomes:  How will Martha the unbiased choose to answer these questions?

Well, if I may be so bold as to suggest  the Morse/Matthew strategy is still tanned rested and ready for  use….