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FBI raids office of doctor linked to Senator Menendez
Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:11PM
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Dr. Salmon Melgen (L), Sen. Robert Menendez (R)


The Miami Herald reports that the FBI on Tuesday night raided the office of a doctor whom news reports have linked with embattled Sen. Robert Menendez, the man poised to take over as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

 

According to The Herald, agents raided the West Palm Beach office of Dr. Salmon Melgen, who another press outlet, the Daily Caller, suggested in reports last year had paid for Mr. Menendez to take trips to the Dominican Republic and even arranged for prostitutes for the senator.

 

It was unclear whether the Tuesday raid was targeted at Mr. Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, or some other aspect of Dr. Melgen's business. The Herald said he has an outstanding IRS lien of $11.1 million.

 

Mr. Menendez has denied the allegations, and Senate Democratic leaders on Tuesday ridiculed questions about the investigation.

 

"All anyone here has to look at is the source where this comes from. It's a source that has brought up a lot of nonissues," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat. The Washington Times

HIGHLIGHTS

Menendez is slated to take over as chairman of the powerful Senate foreign affairs committee when Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry becomes secretary of state. The full Senate confirmed Kerry’s nomination on Tuesday. The Daily Caller

 

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. The Miami Herald

 

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. The Miami Herald

 

The FBI opened an inquiry into New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez on August 1, 2012, focusing on repeated trips he took to the Dominican Republic with longtime campaign contributor and Miami eye doctor Salomon Melgen. The Daily caller

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