Girlfriends Of Rich Donor Testify At Democrat’s Corruption Trial – About Fixing Visas

The trial of corrupt Democrat Bob Menendez is well underway now. At one point this week, the girlfriends of a rich donor were put on the stand. Their testimony was less than helpful.

The Associated Press reports:

Rich donor’s girlfriends testify at Menendez bribery trial

Prosecutors in the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy donor put two of the donor’s reputed former girlfriends on the witness stand Tuesday in an attempt to put Menendez’s efforts to smooth their visa applications into the context of a larger bribery scheme.

While Rosiell Polanco-Suera testified that Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen said he was “going to fix” her initial visa denial by talking to Menendez, the second, Svitlana Buchyk, turned her testimony into a sideshow with a combative performance, saying she was only in court “because he forced me to,” pointing at one of the prosecutors.

The visa applications of Polanco-Suera and her sister ultimately were granted after a second interview in the Dominican Republic. In between the two events, Menendez, New Jersey’s senior Democratic senator, emailed one of his staffers and told him to call the ambassador about the matter “ASAP,” the staffer testified Monday.

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Using a translator for her testimony, Polanco-Suera also said she and her sister waited for hours for the first interview in November 2008 only to be dismissed by an interviewer who didn’t look at documents they had brought – which included a letter from Menendez.

The second time, she said, they had little or no wait and were approved the same day.

“Had Dr. Melgen fixed it?” Justice Department attorney Monique Abrishami asked her.

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“Apparently,” she said.

It’s not looking good for Bob Menendez! This trial could put him out of the politics business for good.


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