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 ➡

No Clemency for Dr. Salomon Melgen; Senator Menendez’ ‘Best Friend’ Looted Tens of Millions From Medicare

Menendez and Melgen

According to at least one published report, President Trump is being urged to pardon, or commute the prison sentence of, Dr. Salomon Melgen, currently serving 17 years for Medicare fraud and related crimes.

Letting Melgen off the hook would be a horrible abuse of the pardon and commutation powers invested in the president by the Constitution, arguably worse than Bill Clinton’s pardon of fugitive Marc Rich.

From a Daily Caller op-ed I wrote in 2018:

According to testimony at his trial and allegations in civil lawsuits, Melgen performed unnecessary surgeries and injections on unsuspecting elderly people, including some with fake eyes or who were already blind. Others claimed they suffered eye infections after receiving injections of bacteria-laden medicine. Some lost sight in one or both eyes. The contamination stemmed from Melgen dividing up single-use vials of ocular drugs so he could bill Medicare multiple times.

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