Emails Show FBI Investigating Sen. Bob Menendez for Sleeping with Underage Dominican Prostitutes

David Martosko, Daily Caller, January 25, 2013

Documents published online for the first time Thursday indicate that 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. TheDC reported in November that Menendez purchased the service of prostitutes in that Caribbean nation at a series of alcohol-fueled sex parties.

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The documents, which The Daily Caller had obtained hours earlier from an anonymous source, also indicate that Carrie Levine, research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), was alerted on April 9, 2012 to Menendez’s habit of paying for sex while outside the United States. {snip}

ABC News senior investigative producer Rhonda Schwartz was aware as early as May 2, 2012, the documents show, when Levine wrote a source in the Dominican Republic to say that she had “shared your allegations, but not your identities, with a respected, trusted journalist with whom we have worked on other stories.”

In another email two days later, Levine identified that journalist as one who “works for ABC News.” By May 16, Schwartz was emailing Levine’s original source with questions.

Information made available to Schwartz and Levine at that time included allegations that some of Menendez’s prostitutes were as young as 16. The source also alleged that Sen. Menendez was taking “non-authorized trips” to the Dominican Republic, suggesting that he may have been evading Senate Ethics committee rules covering disclosures when third parties pay for a senator’s travel. {snip}

Those rules require senators to secure approval from the committee before allowing a private person or company to provide transportation or lodging related to official business. But the Senate’s “gift rule database,” available online, contains nothing related to a Menendez visit to the Dominican Republic.

The rules also allow senators to accept free lodging or travel as gifts from friends. Those transactions must also be documented on an annual financial disclosure report, and approved in advance by the Senate Ethics committee if the value is more than $335. Menendez’s disclosures since the mid-1990s, when he was a member of the House of Representatives, include no mention of such gifts.

On Sept. 11, 2012, the documents indicate, the same source who provided information to Levine and Schwartz also sent an FBI Special Agent in Miami what he described as “the testimony of one of the girls.”

“I have in my possession the original written in her own hand,” the source wrote. “She’s 19 now, but took part in private parties with Senator Menendez being only 16.”

That testimony-style interview was published online along with the other Menendez-related documents on Thursday.

{snip}

The age of consent in the Dominican Republic is 18. The PROTECT Act, a U.S. law passed in 2003, made it a federal crime for Americans to engage in sex for money with anyone under 18, even in countries where the age of consent is lower.

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  • Puggg

    Bob Menendez comforted his rod with his staff.

    Why bother covering this up until after the election? The fool probably would have won even bigger than he did. I’m sure some Republican smart aleck strategists already has underage Dominican illegal alien whores as the next great crucial demographic the Republicans need to win elections.

    • Joseph

      More “natural Republicans”. The third-world is full of ’em.

      • Yeah, and the cost to our economy to give them amnesty and open borders under the new old amnesty plan? Feh, just coin two of those St. Paul of Krugman trillion dollar coins which contains the images of all three Kardashian sisters,, and come up with $600 billion besides, and no sweat. All paid.

        Because…it makes us more diverse.

    • The__Bobster

      More news about the corrupt cane-cutter Sen. Pumpkinhead.

      http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Registered-Sex-Offender–183232312.html

      [B]Sen. Menendez Employed Registered Sex Offender & Illegal Immigrant: Source[/B]
      The Associated Press is reporting that Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey employed a registered sex offender and undocumented worker as his unpaid intern.
      By Cecilia Duffy | Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 | Updated 4:24 PM

      U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez employed as an unpaid intern in his Senate office an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under arrest by immigration authorities, The Associated Press has learned. The Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents not to arrest him until after Election Day, a U.S. official involved in the case told the AP.

      Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, an 18-year-old immigrant from Peru, was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in front of his home in New Jersey on Dec. 6, two federal officials said. Sanchez, who entered the country on a now-expired visitor visa from Peru, is facing deportation and remains in custody. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of Sanchez’s immigration case.

      • Puggg

        So this one on his staff was comforting his rod.

  • Lewis33

    Wait a minute. On a trip with Soloman Melgan and covered up by Carrie Levine and Rhonda Schwartz? That is hillarious! Might make a person get ideas…

  • bigone4u

    “The PROTECT Act, a U.S. law passed in 2003, made it a federal crime for Americans to engage in sex for money with anyone under 18, even in countries where the age of consent is lower.”
    If these accusations are dropped for political reasons, it’s just one more piece of evidence that it’s not “white privilege” that is real, but minority privilege, especially when the minority is rich and powerful. If the accusations are true, he should die in prison. Also, are they checking his computer for child porn?

    • MarcusTrajanus

      He looks White to me, only in America does a person with a Spanish surname suddenly become non-White regardless of phenotype or ancestry (and some will gladly use that “minority privilege” to get ahead).
      Also, I wouldn’t call a 16-year-old Dominican prostitute a “child”.

      • IstvanIN

        He doesn’t consider himself white, he considers himself “Hispanic”, which in common US usage means he isn’t white, but Latin American.

        • MarcusTrajanus

          Well, I consider race to be an objective biological reality, not some social construct, so I don’t care what he, or anyone else considers him to be.
          Alberto Fujimori, Danny Trejo, Evo Morales, and Celia Cruz are also Latin Americans, that doesn’t make them the same race as Bob Menendez or each other.

          • Jefferson

            Bob Menendez identifies himself as Nonwhite and wants to push for more Brown 3rd world immigration in order to make Whites a minority in the U.S.

            So that makes Bob Menendez an enemy of the White race. Bob Menendez shows more racial loyalty to an Amerindian Guatemalan than he does to a blonde haired and blue eyed Swede.

            The Nonwhites can have Bob Menendez, us racially aware conservative Whites do not want him.

          • MarcusTrajanus

            I could identify myself as a Papua New Guinean, that doesn’t make it so. Menendez is White, regardless of how he allegedly identifies himself. He’s also a traitor to his race and thus an enemy, I don’t dispute that. He’s a despicable and corrupt piece of filth and I hope this scandal destroys his career.
            I doubt he has any loyalty to anyone, Swede or Guatemalan. He just thought playing up his “Hispanic” identity would get him those Guatemalan votes.

        • Hispanic means a white person who doesn’t have to perform to the same standard as regular whites.

      • The__Bobster

        Sen. Pumpkinhead is a Reconquista and has actually given speeches at illegal alien rallies.

        • MarcusTrajanus

          The Reconquista involved White Spaniards taking back their country from the Moorish invaders, Menendez isn’t worthy of that term. He would have sided with the Moors during the occupation.

  • IstvanIN

    I hope this is true, I would love to see this guy removed from office.

    • Puggg

      Who would remove him? Obama’s DOJ won’t. The voters won’t. He won a six-year term again in 2012. Therefore, it will be like he never did anything wrong. They might find fall guys.

  • I doubt they were sleeping.

    • josh

      Indeed.I cant imagine the histrionics the girl had to go through to get Sen, Menendez’ “member of congress” up and running!!

  • PesachPatriot

    Politicians and prostitutes? Shocking…file this one under non-event of the millennium…I’d rather have them screwing professionals than the taxpayers….no one will care….we expect better behavior from rock stars and baseball players than we do from the political classes.

  • JackKrak

    So, ABC news, at what point and after how much time might you maybe possibly kinda sorta consider perhaps, under the right circumstances, sharing a story about an obsessively pro-immigration Democratic Senator and his penchant for flying to another country to have sex with underage hookers?
    If a Republican looks cross-eyed at a Mexican, you are ready to devote the next month to stories about how he most likely eats puppies when he’s not raping baby seals while carving a path through a rainforest with his Hummer.
    Why the silence on the Honorable Gentleman from New Jersey?

  • jay11

    Don’t we have a problem in this country now with thousands of young latina girls being smuggled in and used as sex slaves for the ‘growing’ ‘vibrant’ and ‘diverse’ latino community? It sickens me that it appears that this is a common thing in their countries, and now they’ve brought their practices here. Repeat after me: Not all cultures are equal…

  • aristotle_747

    3RD WORLD ALIENS WILL NEVER VOTE FOR REPUBLICANS
    AMNESTY IS THE KISS OF DEATH FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY & USA.
    TIME TO BAN ALL IMMIGRATION.

    You are right, that is why he wants open borders. No wonder our criminal govt. is rewarding these criminal illegal aliens with AMNESTY.

    But the stupid Republicans do not realize that 90% of these 3rd world aliens will always vote for the Democratic party, which is interested in importing poor 3rd world aliens to vote for them and help win elections, and to hell with the country. The Republicans will not be able to win any votes by posing as pseudo-democrats. It will make the Republican party’s “Demographic problem” worse, not better.

    With so much unemployment, trillion dollar deficits, water shortages, urban sprawl and mile long congestion, this 3rd most populous nation on earth should be totally banning immigration, not importing more aliens. Alienism is a crime against humanity.

    The Republicans are digging their own grave by helping Democrats import more Democrats and turn the nation into a 3rd world country with the majority of Democrats, so they Democratic party can have a permanent majority and can thus establish an unopposed police state. Pls. go to numbersusa and send faxes to your Congressmen and wake up these suicidal Republicans who are trying to put the final nail in their own coffin.

  • I worked for the USGovt for nearly 30 years. I guess Menendez missed the lecture on the fact that when you are in the field, you are there to work, not to fool around.

  • shattered2012

    These Hispanics never cease to amaze.

    • MarcusTrajanus

      Yeah, Anglos never visit prostitutes or get caught up in sex scandals.

      • The__Bobster

        What Anglo country has an age of consent of 12, Peedro? Mexico does.

        • MarcusTrajanus

          The age of consent in Mexico has nothing to do with anything, it’s a red herring. This is about a politician who visited underage prostitutes in a foreign country, hardly behaviour that’s unique to “Hispanics”.

          • fuzzypook

            The difference is in your “culture” this kind of behavior is not considered repugnant but “macho.”

          • MarcusTrajanus

            I admit I don’t have much contact with “my culture”, but I doubt having to visit prostitutes would be considered “macho” anywhere.

          • kerrysmith

            Smart reply!

  • josh

    This disgusting oiece of sh*t is the leadership of the future America. gretaest country in the world? With this pimp? With obongo and the rest? hillary,with her pre-panned tears,what a dirtbag,what a worthless piece of crap.

  • Jefferson

    By sleeping with underage Dominican prostitutes, Bob Menendez is showing his Hispanic family values. The Hispanic family values that RINO’s and Liberals love to talk about so much.

  • If he were a wasp, this would have been the frontpage story of every paper in the country.

    • The__Bobster

      A Republican WASP.