U.S. Senator Bob Menendez is arguing that the $58,000 he reimbursed to Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen for private jet flights, prior to his corruption trial, covers the almost $1 million in extravagant gifts and contributions that the Senate Ethics Committee ordered he repay, according to report at Politico.
“I think the Ethics Committee was unaware that there were a series of payments that were made before they continued their review,” Menendez said.
The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics issued a four page letter on April 26, signed by all six committee members, three Democrats and three Republicans, that “several admonished” New Jersey’s senior senator for his violations of Senate ethics rules, federal law and his conduct which reflected discredit on the Senate.
The committee ruled that Menendez must repay the fair market value of the gifts he received that he has not already repaid and that he must amend his Financial Disclosure Reports.Senator Robert Menendez - Public Letter of Admonition