More details are coming out in the corruption trial of Democrat Bob Menendez. A recent witness testified that Menendez wanted the rules broken for a rich friend.
The Federalist reports:
Witness: Sen. Menendez Got ‘Angry’ When I Wouldn’t Bend The Rules For His Rich Friend
On Monday, Jonathan Blum, a former principal deputy administrator at CMS, testified that Menendez tried to pressure the bureaucrat into changing the agency’s billing rules so as to “relieve or forgive or lessen” the Florida doctor’s over-payment, CNN reports.
During a 2009 phone call, Blum told Menendez the agency would not amend the policy, spurring the Democratic senator to get “hostile” and hang up the phone. While Menendez never mentioned the doctor by name, Blum knew that the specific policy only involved the Florida ophthalmologist.
“I was very curious why the senator was focused on this case and asked the staff several times,” Blum said, according to Politico. “The senator is from New Jersey. The physician is based in Florida. I pressed our staff several times on the connection between the senator and Dr. Melgen.”
Blum also testified that then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, arranged a meeting about the billing dispute in 2012 with Menendez and former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. When Blum reiterated that the agency’s policy would not be amended to help the wealthy eye doctor, Menedez got angry.
“I found the tone to be very angry, very hostile,” Blum said. “I found that I was being put on the defensive and it was a very angry exchange.”
This is the scandal the media loves to ignore. It must be nice to be a Democrat. The media covers for you no matter what you do.