Report: FBI raids office linked to Democrat Sen. Menendez

Report: FBI raids office of Florida doctor linked to Sen. Menendez

Robert_Menendez_official_photoThe Miami Herald is reporting that the FBI on Tuesday night raided the office of a doctor whom news reports have linked with embattled Sen. Robert Menendez, the man poised to take over as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

According to The Herald, agents raided the West Palm Beach office of Dr. Salmon Melgen, who another press outlet, the Daily Caller, suggested in reports last year had paid for Mr. Menendez to take trips to the Dominican Republic and even arranged for prostitutes for the senator.

It was unclear whether the Tuesday raid was targeted at Mr. Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, or some other aspect of Dr. Melgen’s business. The Herald said he has an outstanding IRS lien of $11.1 million.

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FBI Raids Office of Doctor Tied to Sen. Bob Menendez

The Daily Caller said two prostitutes, in videotaped interviews with the help of a translator, maintained they were promised $500 to sleep with the lawmaker but were ultimately paid just $100.

The Caller said it received additional confirmation from a Dominican government official who told the website that Menendez frequents “sex, hookers and drinking” parties in the Caribbean nation.

On Jan. 25, the website followed up with new allegations, contained in documents that a tipster published online, suggesting that the FBI was actively investigating the matter and that some of the prostitutes Menendez slept with were under 18.

On Monday afternoon, Menendez, a divorced father-of-two, whose parents immigrated to the United States from Cuba, told a Daily Caller reporter that he was “not going to respond to the fallacious allegations of your story.”

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