• GOOD! New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez Indicted by Feds

    A federal grand jury issued an indictment against Democratic Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey on Wednesday on charges involving conspiracy, bribery, making false statements and using his influence as a U.S. Senator to benefit the business interests of a friend and donor.

    Menendez is charged with accepting nearly $1 million worth of gifts and campaign contributions from his longtime friend, Dr. Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida eye doctor and political donor,  in exchange for a stream of political favors on the donor’s behalf.

    Prosecutors say Melgen provided the senator with luxury vacations, airline travel, golf trips and tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to a legal defense fund.

    Menendez allegedly took private plane trips with Melgen to the Dominican Republic in 2010 but failed to reimburse him for the $58,000 flights until 2013 when those trips were uncovered by investigators.

    Menendez,  the son of Cuban immigrants, rose to become one of the highest ranking Hispanic members in Congress and played a leading role on Capitol Hill on matters involving Iran’s nuclear program and U.S. efforts to improve ties with Cuba.

    The most recent member of the upper chamber indicted specifically for bribery before Senator Menendez was also a New Jersey Democrat.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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