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HookerGate: Is FBI Raid Connected to Menendez’s Dominican Jailbait Scandal?

Posted on | January 30, 2013 | 22 Comments

It was the Wednesday before Election Day when the story broke that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) had been caught patronizing prostitutes during trips to the Dominican Republic aboard the private jet of a Florida ophthalmologist. The mainstream media suppressed the news, as they habitually suppress all news not favorable to Democrats. But it’s a little harder to ignore the story once there’s an FBI raid:

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.” . . .
The investigation is believed to be focusing on [Dr. Salomon] Melgen’s finances and the allegations about Menendez’s trips and contact with prostitutes. . . .
Melgen has an outstanding IRS lien of $11.1 million for taxes owed from 2006 to 2009, according to records filed with the Palm Beach County recorder’s office. A previous IRS lien for $6.2 million was released in 2011.
Despite those financial problems, Melgen and his family have contributed at least $357,000 to candidates and committees since 1998, according to Florida and federal campaign records. Of that, the Melgens have contributed about 9 percent to Menendez’s federal campaigns.

More from Matthew Boyle, who broke the story in October:

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez abruptly left a press conference on Hurricane Sandy aid ahead of other Senate Democrats on Monday. While it’s unclear why Menendez left the presser early, the move came amid building pressure concerning a scandal involving allegations he solicited prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. . . .
Menendez told Breitbart News’ Kerry Picket that he wasn’t “going to dignify that story” when she asked him for comment on the FBI inquiry into his alleged solicitation of prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. Menendez had a similarly abrasive confrontation with The Daily Caller’s Nicholas Ballasy on Monday.

Why haven’t feminist blogs said anything about this? Do they think it’s OK for Democrat senators to have sex with underaged prostitutes? Let’s ask noted feminist hero Harry Reid:

“I always consider the source . . . and all anyone here has to look at is the source where this comes from. It’s — it’s a source that has brought up a lot of non-issues. . . . I’ve told you how I feel about the source of this stuff. It’s really very, very typical for the source.”

Ed Morrissey notes that Harry Reid is selective about his sources:

Let’s remind everyone that this is the same Harry Reid who repeatedly insisted that “sources” told him that Mitt Romney was a tax-cheating felon, while Reid insisted that the burden of proof was on Romney to prove himself innocent.

Right: Who believes what those jailbait hookers say?

UPDATE: Oliver Barie reports at Viral Read:

Mr. Menendez is also under federal investigation for his activities in the Dominican Republic with an underage prostitute. The woman, now of age, provided testimony that she had sexual relations with the Senator several times at the age of 16.
While Mr. Menendez is busy rearranging his plaque in the Senate Chambers and playing the role of de facto Chairman for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a massive storm is brewing. And once again, New Jersey is in the path of destruction.

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  • Finrod Felagund

    Don’t forget that Harry Reid is a pederast.

  • Libertarian Advocate

    The scheme that is the Democrat Party is unraveling. The only question that remains is whether the evidence seized by the FBI is being secured to prosecute the dirty senator or protect him.

  • robertstacymccain

    Thanks for the reminder. “Sources” say Harry Reid enjoys sex with underage boys.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady
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  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

    After making all the proper noises about presumption of innocence, let us remember that if THIS FBI in THIS DOJ is even looking at this allegation in THIS administration, Menendez must have been so blatant he was probably showing the videos at office parties.

  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

    Not just the Democrats. I remember watching an episode of Anderson Cooper when he was covering the Sandusky Penn State scandal: he and his band of merry men were openly laughing and smirking at each perceived setback to the prosecution.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Those pederasts cover each other’s asses. Which is sort of ironic if you think about it. But they only do it if you have a (D) after your name. . Maybe it is because they make this face (: D) when they see an underaged boy.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Really? Moral decline in America? That is a rhetorical question.

  • Finrod Felagund

    FYI, you have an extra doublequote at the end of that url link that’s bolloxed it.

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  • matthew w

    Compare this episode to the Foley “scandal”

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    Menendez’ conduct certainly looks fishy – the federal aspect might be illegal contributions, though. In order to bring in the underage sex charges they would have to establish a conspiracy to arrange the trip for that purpose, which nearly always means they have a co-conspirator witness who will turn.

    But caution is advised, do not let schadenfreude color judgment just because the accused is a Democrat. Remember the concept that hookers never lie is what caused the Duke Lacrosse team’s ordeal – for which the “Duke 88″ of faculty accusers have never apologized or been disciplined.

  • Matthew W

    She was a stripper, not a hooker.

  • JeffS

    I prefer “Jailbaitgate” myself.

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  • Wombat_socho

    Looks like Menendez is going to the special hell.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    Her arrest record says otherwise. But strippers aren’t exactly known for their straightforwardness either, the last I heard. You may be more familiar than I, though.

  • matthew w

    Was she arrested at the Duke party for prostitution?
    She was hired as a stripper.

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  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    So are most hookers for frat parties.

    Is your position, then, that a hooker isn’t a hooker just because she wasn’t arrested at a given event?

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