CNN is reporting that outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder has signed off on prosecutor’s plans to proceed with criminal corruption charges against New Jersey’s senior U.S. Senator, Bob Menendez.
The fact that Menendez has been the most outspoken Democratic opponent of the Obama Administration’s policies regarding Iran and Cuba is just a coincidence.
The Justice Department is said to believe that Menendez improperly pressured Medicare administrators to back off on his friend and benefactor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Miami ophthalmologist accused of over billing the heath care program. Additionally, Menendez has been accused of using his position the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to improperly advocate for a Melgen owned security company doing business in the Dominican Republican.
Melgen provided Menendez private air travel and lavish trips to the Dominican Republic. The Florida eye doctor was also a large donor to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee while Menendez was its chairman and was a significant donor to the senator’s campaign coffers during his 2012 reelection campaign.
CNN says charges will be levied in the next couple of weeks and that prosecutors are up against a statute of limitations deadline for some of the charges.