Bob Menendez: New Jersey senator denies prostitutes after FBI raid
New Jersey senator Bob Menendez denies hiring prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, despite an FBI raid seemingly claiming otherwise. The allegations against him state that Menendez was hiring underage prostitutes while taking trips to Latin America with campaign donor Dr. Salomon Melgen.
"Any allegations of engaging with prostitutes are manufactured by a politically-motivated right-wing blog and are false," Menendez says in a statement.
This comes after FBI agents raided Melgen's West Palm Beach office and discovered that Menendez had "quietly sent a $58,500 personal check to Melgen's company to reimburse the cost of two flights," the Miami Herald reports. The raid was primarily done to "investigate possible fraudulent billing activities by Melgen's business." The tipster also revealed their alleged involvement with underage sex workers.
"This was sloppy," Menendez chief of staff Dan O'Brien tells NBC of the three year delay of his boss paying for Melgen's flights. "I'm chalking it up to an oversight."He adds, "We can assume the Senate Ethics Committee is looking at the allegation."