Corruption and greed are proving to be very common attributes among top Democrats. It goes much deeper than the mainstream media is willing to report.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), has been indicted on at least 12 counts of corruption charges, including bribery. His dirty money found its way to a number of other Democrat Senators, who are all hoping to keep the scheme alive.
The trial for corruption charges started Wednesday, according to Fox News. Prosecutors pointed to 18 counts of fraud and bribery for accepting a staggering number of campaign donations, gifts, and vacation trips from one man — Salomon Melgen. Menendez then used his influence and position to benefit Melgen in exchange for the bribes.
According to the prosecutors, “The defendant’s 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 went on to describe the special treatment the senator received, stating, “For the first four years of the corruption scheme, the all-expense paid trips Melgen provided often included free roundtrip flights on Melgen’s private jet for Menendez and his various guests. When the doctor’s private jet was unavailable, Melgen supplied equally luxurious travel for the Senator.”
In exchange for the bribes, the Senator pressured “the executive branch on Melgen’s behalf,” convinced the State Department to give three of Melgen’s girlfriends visas, and helped Melgen with a Medicare billing dispute.
Records show that a number of the Democrat Senators advocating Menendez’s innocence have received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from the scheme. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) all received $10,000, while Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) received $5,000 for Menendez’s political action committee, New Millennium PAC.
Bob Salera, Deputy Communications Director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, condemned the financial scheme and the senators supporting it, stating, “Instead of distancing themselves from Bob Menendez after his indictment on bribery charges, his Democrat colleagues have stood behind him, even accepting tainted campaign cash from the disgraced Senator.”
He warned voters of trusting politicians who seem to be trying to keep the scheme alive by advocating Menendez’s innocence, claiming, “If Senate Democrats don’t return Menendez’s donations, voters should take their inaction as a tacit endorsement of his corruption.”
Menendez’s defense attorneys claim that the trial is simply a political ploy. They even accused the judge of bias for denying a request for recess so Menendez could participate in key votes in the Senate.
Despite the overwhelming evidence of unethical behavior, Menendez’s attorneys maintain that the luxurious vacations were simply two friends hanging out, and not an instance of bribery. Menendez maintains his innocence, saying, “I do believe we’ll [Menendez and Melgen] be exonerated. I did nothing wrong, and I did nothing illegal.”
Despite Menendez’s assurances of Melgen’s innocence in the matter, the Florida ophthalmologist was found guilty four months ago on 67 counts of Medicare fraud, totaling $105 million. The sentence for his crime is delayed until after the current trial’s verdict is rendered.