Look, Menendez appears to have been involved in some pretty shady stuff, as we’ve chronicled. But one has to wonder whether the indictment would have been handed down had the senator not been so vocally critical of the president on Iran.
Of course old Bob might have just been trying to sure up his base before the DOJ came after him officially.
Ah, the crony web.
(From The Washington Post)
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) was indicted on federal corruption charges Wednesday, accused of using the influence of his office to advance the business interests of a longtime friend and political supporter in exchange for luxury gifts, lavish vacations and more than $750,000 in campaign donations.
Federal prosecutors laid out the charges in a 14-count indictment charging Menendez with using his office to help Salomon Melgen, a Florida-based eye doctor with whom Menendez had maintained a long personal and political friendship. Menendez intervened on Melgen’s behalf in at least two disputes, one with federal regulators over Medicare charges and the other involving a bid by Melgen to secure a port-security contract in the Dominican Republic, according to the indictment.