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    Re: NJ Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on federal corruption charges

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I have to say it's refreshing that the Obama administration's Justice Department has found a crime they wish to prosecute.
    Menedez would not back Obama on some key issues and publicly came out against some of Obama's policies. Normally these "conspiracy" allegations would be ignored at the DoJ and Obama would claim prosecutorial discretion or simply flat out denial and claim the "vast rightwing conspiracy" theory. However, this is what happens when a Democrat won't play ball with their leadership. A minor financial issue now gets the spotlight and is, I believe, primarily politically based. Menendez will be the "example" the DNC will use with their members as he's hung out to dry by his own. Some Republicans will certainly jump on the bandwagon because well... that's what partisan's do. The media certainly wasn't pushing for Menendez's prosecution - no one was digging to oust him other than some rightwing internet sites when the story first broke. Otherwise, this was an absolute snoozer of a scandal. Hell, even here in NJ it was page 4 below the line stuff.

    Let's remember this is the same DoJ who refused to prosecute the IRS, the VA, various voter fraud / intimidation, improper campaign donors. Obama and the DNC need a whipping boy and Menedez fits the bill.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: NJ Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on federal corruption charges

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Menedez would not back Obama on some key issues and publicly came out against some of Obama's policies. Normally these "conspiracy" allegations would be ignored at the DoJ and Obama would claim prosecutorial discretion or simply flat out denial and claim the "vast rightwing conspiracy" theory. However, this is what happens when a Democrat won't play ball with their leadership. A minor financial issue now gets the spotlight and is, I believe, primarily politically based. Menendez will be the "example" the DNC will use with their members as he's hung out to dry by his own. Some Republicans will certainly jump on the bandwagon because well... that's what partisan's do. The media certainly wasn't pushing for Menendez's prosecution - no one was digging to oust him other than some rightwing internet sites when the story first broke. Otherwise, this was an absolute snoozer of a scandal. Hell, even here in NJ it was page 4 below the line stuff.

    Let's remember this is the same DoJ who refused to prosecute the IRS, the VA, various voter fraud / intimidation, improper campaign donors. Obama and the DNC need a whipping boy and Menedez fits the bill.
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    2013 -- Emails show FBI investigating Sen. Bob Menendez for sleeping with underage Dominican prostitutes | The Daily Caller Oh yeah, right, The Daily Caller is one of those "rightwing internet sites"
    2013 -- Grand jury investigating Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), people familiar with probe say - The Washington Post
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    Re: NJ Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on federal corruption charges

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Yup you caught them. Your investigative work is very intriguing
    If you say so.


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    Re: NJ Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on federal corruption charges

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    Strange how this has been known for years, yet the charges come out only after menendez speaks out against obama's foreign policy......

    Well it got what BO wanted. As Menendez will Step down as the Ranking Demo on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Despite his fighting it out.



    A Menendez adviser confirmed to Yahoo News that the senator will temporarily step down as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But, the adviser said, he has no plans to resign and intends to vigorously contest the indictment, arguing that Melgen was a friend and that none of his official actions on his behalf were in exchange for gratuities and gifts.

    For nearly three years, Ive lived under a Justice Department cloud, and today, Im outraged that this cloud has not been lifted, Menendez said at a news conference in Newark, N.J., on Wednesday night. I am confident at the end of the day I will be vindicated. ....snip~

    https://www.yahoo.com/politics/the-m...259551561.html

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    Re: NJ Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on federal corruption charges

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    Funny how the media doesn't address obvious political issues when (D) are the subject.

    You're saying the DoJ doesn't have prosecutorial discretion? Funny stuff.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: NJ Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on federal corruption charges

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Funny how the media doesn't address obvious political issues when (D) are the subject.

    You're saying the DoJ doesn't have prosecutorial discretion? Funny stuff.

    Heya Ockham. This morning Menendez did mention about how some haven't liked his political stance and that he to, was aware of the timing.

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    Re: NJ Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on federal corruption charges

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Silly little liberal boy.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez has been charged with using his office to improperly benefit a Florida eye doctor and political donor.

    A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted the New Jersey Democrat on charges including conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud.

    Prosecutors had been investigating whether Menendez improperly advocated for the business interests of Dr. Salomon Melgen, including by intervening on the doctor's behalf in a medical billing dispute.

    Menendez has acknowledged that he flew on Melgen's private plane to the Dominican Republic and failed at first to properly pay for the trips. He later made reimbursements.

    Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has previously said he's done nothing wrong and that he and Melgen have been close friends for a long time.


    NJ Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on federal corruption charges
    Silly little liberal boy? What's that got to do with corruption in politics? It exists in both parties, and there's a long list of criminal republican legislators as well. Would we like to see to it that all criminals in congress get exposed, or just the silly little liberal ones.
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    Re: NJ Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on federal corruption charges

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    And no doubt by coincidence-against a senator who is openly critical on the regimes foreign policy.
    and Menendez is a true friend of Israel...Obama hates that

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    Re: NJ Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on federal corruption charges

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Silly little liberal boy? What's that got to do with corruption in politics? It exists in both parties, and there's a long list of criminal republican legislators as well. Would we like to see to it that all criminals in congress get exposed, or just the silly little liberal ones.
    Nobody said otherwise. However, my OP was about Bob Menendez, not corruption in politics. Perhaps you'd like to start a thread about that subject so you can show the long list of criminal Republican legislators.
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    Re: NJ Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on federal corruption charges

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Menedez would not back Obama on some key issues and publicly came out against some of Obama's policies. Normally these "conspiracy" allegations would be ignored at the DoJ and Obama would claim prosecutorial discretion or simply flat out denial and claim the "vast rightwing conspiracy" theory. However, this is what happens when a Democrat won't play ball with their leadership. A minor financial issue now gets the spotlight and is, I believe, primarily politically based. Menendez will be the "example" the DNC will use with their members as he's hung out to dry by his own. Some Republicans will certainly jump on the bandwagon because well... that's what partisan's do. The media certainly wasn't pushing for Menendez's prosecution - no one was digging to oust him other than some rightwing internet sites when the story first broke. Otherwise, this was an absolute snoozer of a scandal. Hell, even here in NJ it was page 4 below the line stuff.

    Let's remember this is the same DoJ who refused to prosecute the IRS, the VA, various voter fraud / intimidation, improper campaign donors. Obama and the DNC need a whipping boy and Menedez fits the bill.
    I'm going to both agree and disagree with your post.

    I will agree that Obama has no love lost for him, and Obama uses the power of his DOJ (as well as his own bully pulpit) to go after his perceived or real enemies.

    However, I will say that Menendez is as corrupt as the day is long. I remember when he was mayor of Union City. Guy's a snake.

    But to your broader point, if he was an Obama ass kisser, he wouldn't have been touched. I don't remember the DOJ having such interest in such goings on in other lawmakers who commit malfeasance of an even larger scale. Coincidence? Hmmm....
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