Why Did Trump Give Clemency to Sen. Menendez’ Partner in Crime?

Melgen and Menendez

From an opinion article today by Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger Columnist Paul Mulshine:

Another South Florida resident familiar with the case has a different take on why The Donald did what he did.

Tom Anderson has followed this case from its inception back in 2012. Working for a government watchdog group called the National Legal and Policy Center, he uncovered the eye doctor’s efforts to win a potentially lucrative deal for providing port security to Melgen’s native country the Dominican Republic.

Menendez ran interference with federal regulators to aid Melgen in his ultimately unsuccessful effort to get that contract. He also helped Melgen out with the feds in his Medicare fee dispute.

Why was a New Jersey senator acting on behalf of a Florida eye doctor? In that trial in Newark, the federal prosecutors argued that Menendez did it because of the favors that Melgen did for … Read More ➡

Pompeo is Right; Menendez is a Crook, but How Did He Get Off?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Senator Robert Menedez (D-NJ) of orchestrating the controversy over the firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick.

Abbe Lowell and his client

Pompeo said. “I don’t get my ethics guidance from a man who was criminally prosecuted — case number 15-155, New Jersey Federal District Court. A man for whom his Senate colleagues, bipartisan said basically that he was taking bribes. That’s not someone who I look to for ethics guidance.”

Pompeo is right. Menendez is a crook. He should have been forced out of the Senate and gone to jail with his co-defendant Salomon Melgen. But it was the Trump Justice Department that let Menendez off the hook.

As we have recounted previously, Menendez was tried on bribery and related charges, but that trial ended in a mistrial on November 16, 2017, and the Justice Department made a decision not to retry … Read More ➡

Documents Sought in Menendez Bribery Case

Today we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking documents pertaining to the prosecution of Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on bribery and related charges, and the Justice Department decision not to retry him. Menendez was tried once but that trial ended in a mistrial on November 16, 2017.

Why did the Justice Department let Menendez escape after pouring so many resources into the investigation, prosecution, and trial? One possible explanation is that political influence was exercised on Menendez’ behalf. Menendez’ lawyer is Abbe Lowell, who also represents Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law. Kushner and his family are longtime donors to Democratic politicians in New Jersey, including Menendez. Someone made the decision to save Menendez’ career and possibly keep him out of prison. We want to know who made the decision and on what basis.

The Justice Department announcement was made in a terse statement on January 31, citing … Read More ➡