January 30, 2013

ROBERT MENENDEZ UPDATE: Roll Call: “Sen. Robert Menendez denied any wrongdoing as he responded Wednesday to a report that a South Florida ophthalmologist associated with the New Jersey Democrat had his office raided by the FBI. . . . The Miami Herald reported that the FBI raided the office of Dr. Salomon Melgen in West Palm Beach on Tuesday night. The newspaper noted that Melgen has been accused of providing prostitutes to Menendez during travel to the Dominican Republic. Those claims remain unsubstantiated, and the Miami Herald reported that the tipster in the case has refused to meet in person with FBI agents.”

UPDATE: Related: Emails: FBI Wanted to Meet Source of Menendez Prostitution Allegations Before Raid on Donor. I’m not actually sure why Menendez’ cavorting with hookers should, by itself, be of interest to the FBI. But, of course, we don’t know that that’s what’s going on. Perhaps there are questions of bribery or influence-peddling.