The media is largely ignoring the Bob Menendez scandal, most likely because he has a “D” after his name. But according to prosecutors in the case, Menendez is facing serious charges. They claim that he has been taking bribes since as far back as 2006.
Prosecutors: Menendez bribery scheme went on for years
Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez allegedly starting taking bribes from a wealthy donor shortly after he entered the Senate in 2006, federal prosecutors assert in a new document.
Menendez’s bribery and corruption trial is set to begin next week. In preparation for that, Justice Department prosecutors filed a new document Wednesday laying out their case against the New Jersey senator, as well as Dr. Salomon Melgen, his alleged co-conspirator. Melgen has already been convicted in a separate case of bilking Medicare but has not been sentenced yet.
Menendez’s fate — and the what happens to his Senate seat if convicted — is part of the drama surrounding the high-profile case. Menendez has denied all allegation of wrongdoing, and he has denied any talk of a plea deal with the Justice Department.
The new documents lay out the roadmap for the government’s case against Menendez.
“The defendants’ bribery scheme began shortly after Menendez’s elevation to the Senate in 2006, when Melgen began a pattern of treating Menendez to weekend and weeklong getaways in the Dominican Republic that would continue for the next several years,” prosecutors said in their new filing.
Kellyanne Conway brought the Media’s attention to this case today:
— GOP (@GOP) August 31, 2017
Do you think the media would be ignoring this if Menendez was a Republican?