Sen. Bob Menendez (D) is Under Federal Investigation Again

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Kadia Goba, the editor of the new online media outlet Semafor, revealed that investigators from the Southern District of New York are looking into Melendez and “have sent at least one subpoena in the case.”

The investigation by the prosecutor is reportedly derived from similar facts to an earlier U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into Menendez along with Democrat donor Salomon M. Melgen over corruption and conspiracy. Federal prosecutors eventually dropped those allegations against Menendez and Melgen.

As Goba stated, “it’s notable to see the Department of Justice return to Menendez after its humiliating public failure to convict him.”

Goba reported:

Menendez and a Florida eye doctor, Salomon Melgen, were indicted in 2015 for an alleged arrangement under which the doctor provided flights on a private jet and lavish vacations in exchange for the senator’s help with government contracts and other public favors. Menendez’s lawyers argued that the two men were simply good friends. The inquiry ended in a mistrial in 2017 after the jury failed to reach a verdict. (Melgen was convicted in 2017 of medicare fraud, and received clemency from President Donald Trump in 2021.)

The two people familiar with the investigation, one who is directly connected to the investigation and the other a New Jersey lawyer who has been told of the case, said that the broad outlines of the new inquiry are similar to the 2017 case. Both said that the new investigation involves an entirely different group of people, however.

Menendez's office has confirmed that the Senator was informed of the latest investigation.

Menendez adviser Michale Soliman told Semafor:

Senator Menendez is aware of an investigation that was reported on today, however he does not know the scope of the investigation. As always, should any official inquiries be made, the Senator is available to provide any assistance that is requested of him or his office.

The Democrat senator isn't new to being scrutinized in federal court. About a decade ago, Breitbart News' Matthew Boyle, who then was with The Daily Caller, broke the story that underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic were solicited by Menendez.

The DOJ found proof that “corroborated” the allegations against Menendez several years later.

“Presented with specific, corroborated allegations that defendants Menendez and Melgen had sex with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, the Government responsibly and dutifully investigated those serious allegations,” the DOJ stated in a filing from 2015.

Menendez has been in the U.S. Senate representing New Jersey since his appointment in 2005 to fill a vacancy and his term is up in 2024.

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