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Holder okays possible charges against Bibi supporter Sen. Menendez

Holder okays possible charges against Bibi supporter Sen. Menendez

Coincidence?

Allegations of corruption and scandal have swarmed New Jersey Democratic Senator Menendez for years now. That the DOJ waited until now to pull the trigger is… interesting.

Just four days ago, Menendez said he would only support a deal that dismantled Iran’s nuclear program, according to NJ.com:

“As long as I have an ounce of fight left in me, as long as I have a vote and a say and a chance to protect the interests of Israel, the region, and the national security interests of the United States, Iran will never have a pathway to a weapon,” Menendez said, bringing the delegates to their feet. “It will never threaten Israel or its neighbors, and it will never be in a position to start a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Not on my watch.”

Menendez is one of the most outspoken supporters of increasing sanctions if negotiations fail to curb Iran’s nuclear program. The issue has pitted Menendez against President Obama, a fellow Democrat.

Obama has threatened to veto new sanctions legislation, saying it would give Iran an excuse to walk away from negotiations and leave a military solution as the only option to prevent the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons.

Though it’s worth noting Menendez has a history of supporting AIPAC, and fighting with the White House over the proper course of action on Iran.

Today, CNN reports the DOJ is moving forward with criminal corruption charges:

Washington (CNN)The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat, alleging he used his Senate office to push the business interests of a Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts.

People briefed on the case say Attorney General Eric Holder has signed off on prosecutors’ request to proceed with charges, CNN has learned exclusively. An announcement could come within weeks. Prosecutors are under pressure in part because of the statute of limitation on some of the allegations.

The case could pose a high-profile test of the Justice Department’s ability to prosecute sitting lawmakers, having already spawned a legal battle over whether key evidence the government has gathered is protected by the Constitution’s Speech and Debate clause.

The FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department’s public integrity section, have pursued a variety of allegations against Menendez, who has called the probe part of “smear campaign” against him.

Whether or not Menendez improperly used of his federal office and the influence of other federal agencies for personal business interests is the question investigators hope to answer. The long, sordid story of Menendez’s alleged misconduct is here.

Also as likely, if not more so:

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Bob “Baby Love” Menendez has also, I think, been a big critic of the ScamWOW break-over to Cuba.

So, there’s that…

    Donald Douglas in reply to Ragspierre. | March 6, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Menendez got a lotta media play on his support for Israel this last week, and yeah, per Ragspierre, he’s been really vocal against Obama’s Cuba policy as well. The political retaliation with Holder’s indictment is just sickening.

    wyntre in reply to Ragspierre. | March 6, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    FTR: December 17, 2014
    Sen. Robert Menendez (N.J.), the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is slamming President Obama over the deal to release an American held in Cuba.
    “President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government,” Menendez, known for his tough stance on Cuba, said in a statement.
    “There is no equivalence between an international aid worker and convicted spies who were found guilty of conspiracy to commit espionage against our nation.”
    American aid worker Alan Gross, who was held in Cuba for five years for trying to set up Internet for a small Jewish community, was released on Wednesday as the U.S. released three Cuban agents convicted of spying.
    Menendez said the move “sets an extremely dangerous precedent.”
    “It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips. I fear that today’s actions will put at risk the thousands of Americans that work overseas to support civil society, advocate for access to information, provide humanitarian services, and promote democratic reforms.”
    Obama’s move to begin normalizing relations with Cuba is reverberating across the political world, with members of both parties blasting the decision.
    Asked about Menendez’s statement, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that although the administration “obviously have tremendous respect” for the senator, they rejected his characterization of the deal.
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/227400-top-senate-dem-slams-obama-on-cuba

“Most transparent administration’ redefined.

Midwest Rhino | March 6, 2015 at 3:33 pm

“A house divided against itself cannot stand”

That’s Jesus, speaking of the devil spirit kingdom, but it perhaps applies to Democrats … and maybe to Boehner and McConnell, as they align with Democrats to open borders, against the people’s will.

Traditional America standing together has little voice in the halls of DC corruption. Menendez didn’t completely bow and kiss the ring apparently, so he’s cast out. That might be instructive to all the others that are not clean.

And the IRS is going announce an audit later this afternoon, right?

These charges are a very long time in the making. Most likely held up for a propitious time to distract from Obamao scandals. Ledger did an expose of his corruption while he was running for the senate way back when. The dem voters didn’t mind at all. Finally Menendez chickens are coming home to roost.

What a coincidence.
Let’s revisit this week’s events:
1 – Netnyahu hits it out of the park in joint congress speech warning about the POS’s plan for Iran nukes. Barry not happy.
2 – House passes DHS clean bill the same day as Ben’s speech (after a week filled with news of NYC terrorists with charges brought by DOJ-in-waiting Loretta Lynch. Anyone see any additional coverage on that story? Me either.)
3 – The HRC email scandal (known about for 2 years) is resurrected with wall-to-wall LSM coverage.
4 – Biggest dim opponent to Iran bill (Bob Menendez) is indicted by DOJ
Nah. Nothing to see here. /s
Remember when Menendez said at AIPAC that he wasn’t afraid of speaking the truth?
Heh.
The POS blackmails everyone. Roberts, Boehner, even Clinton.

“…prosecutors from the Justice Department’s public integrity section, have pursued a variety of allegations…” The DOJ has a ‘public integrity section! Who knew?

You see, the problem here is that when so much corruption and crookedness goes unprosecuted and unanswered for several things happen: a backlog of misdeeds, known and unknown is created; the backlog gives the investigators and prosecutors great latitude in the selection and intensity of investigations and disposal of cases; a thriving marketplace in misfeasance, malfeasance, and corrupt activity is created, values are assigned and exchanges among investigators, prosecutors, and accused occur; nothing can be accomplished in the absence of this conduct; and there is no incentive or reason for anyone to conduct themselves honorably.

This administration and the Democrats – Holder, Obama, Menendez, your choice – have institutionalized corruption, dishonesty, and indecency. With so much to choose from, one wonders why so much value was apparently assigned now to this relatively, well known, low-life. Wonders? Well, perhaps not. And it is Friday.

There are no coincidences. That said, Menendez is corrupt and deserves to be prosecuted.

Were he a fervent supporter of the one, no prosecution would occur. He deserves to rot in hell however.

these ****ers are so dirty, they really embarrass me that they were elected.

how could you not, at least for appearance sake, hold off on this? this is designed to tell congress “watch the f**k out, no one is safe.”
it’s incredible.

Bitterlyclinging | March 6, 2015 at 5:28 pm

There’s an article out in the ether today noting Stalin’s four year purge of the Communist Party and whats going on today as the Chicago Branch of the Communist Party cements its grip on what was the American Democratic Party. First Sheldon Silver, then the New York Times sinking its sabre toothed fangs into Hillary Clinton’s jugulars, now Bobby Menendez taking a salvo of DOJ torpedoes broadside.
Are we about to hear a couple of choruses of that popular 1940’s era refrain “Its not wise to change horses midstream”
Obama needs a like minded successor to avoid spending most of his time between January 20th, 2017 and January 20th 2021 giving depositions and testimony or waiting in the box for the jury’s decision to come in.

stevewhitemd | March 6, 2015 at 5:37 pm

I’d say it couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy, but then I think of Harry Reid and realize that indeed it could.

Henry Hawkins | March 6, 2015 at 7:50 pm

And the cockroaches, having devoured every crumb, turned and began to eat one another.

Corrupt as Hell, but a 55th Republican Senate seat would be nice.

This ought to serve as a reminder to the dissidents.

There are very few if any more ethically challenged than Menendez. His dirty deeds are catching up to him.
Reid will remove him from the Foreign Relations committee and put an Obama stooge in his place.

Anyone who doesn’t believe Boehner isn’t being blackmailed, is as ignorant as any ‘millenium’ we shake our heads in amazement over.

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