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- 02-04-2013, 12:30 AM #1
Spring Break: Flight Records Suggest Fourth Menendez Flight
Spring Break: Flight Records Suggest Fourth Menendez Flight
by Matthew Boyle
3 Feb 2013,
Flight records obtained by Breitbart News show Democratic Party donor Dr. Salomon Melgen’s private jet was in New Jersey near Sen. Bob Menendez’s home on April 8, 2012--Easter Sunday last year. From there, it flew straight to the Dominican Republic.
Menendez and his staff have not answered when asked repeatedly whether the Senator was on that flight. They also have not provided any accounting as to where Menendez was on Easter Sunday, either.
The flight records show Melgen’s plane was in the Dominican Republic on a frequent basis. The jet was there in late March until April 2, at which point Melgen’s plane flew from La Romana International airport in the Dominican Republic to West Palm Beach, Florida. The flight path records, compiled by FlightAware, show Melgen’s plane stayed in West Palm Beach for a few days after that.
Melgen lives in the West Palm Beach area.
On April 6, 2012, Melgen’s plane left Palm Beach International airport for The Dominican Republic’s La Romana International Airport again. It stayed on the ground there for half an hour--after landing at around 6 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time. The plane took off and flew back to West Palm Beach that evening.
It is unclear why the plane flew to the Dominican Republic and back that night.
After landing back in West Palm Beach at around 9:22 Eastern Daylight Time on the evening of April 6, 2012, it sat in its hangar for a day. Then, on the morning of April 8, 2012--Easter Sunday--at 8:56 a.m., the plane left Palm Beach International airport. At 11:30 a.m., it landed at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
Teterboro is an airport meant for private jets and chartered flights, and is a 20-minute cab ride from Menendez’s New Jersey home. After landing at Teterboro at 11:30 a.m. EDT, the plane sat for about an hour and ten minutes--just enough time to wait for someone to reach the airport from about 20 minutes away. At 12:50 p.m., Melgen’s plane took off for Las Americas International Airport in the Dominican Republic.
Menendez’s public schedule--available on his Senate website--puts him in New Jersey the night before that flight, at an Easter Musical entitled God’s Masterpiece at Roselle Park Middle School in Roselle Park, New Jersey.
Menendez does not appear to have had any public events until several days later. The Senate was not in session from March 31 until April 15.
It is during this timeframe that two Dominican Republic prostitutes alleged, in interviews with this reporter who broke the story for The Daily Caller before joining Breitbart News after the election, that they were under-paid to have sex with Menendez. The activity allegedly took place at Casa de Campo, a luxurious resort in the Dominican Republic around Easter-time in 2012. Casa de Campo is about an hour's drive from Las Americas airport.
While Menendez denies soliciting prostitutes in the Dominican Republic--including during that alleged Easter Sunday incident--he and his staff have not yet offered any alternate explanation as to where the Senator was on Easter.
If Sen. Menendez was on that plane during Easter weekend--or any other time other than those three trips to which he and his staff have already admitted--he and his staff will have misled the American people. “Senator Menendez has traveled on Dr. Melgen’s plane on three occasions, all of which have been paid for and reported appropriately,” Menendez’s staff admitted last week.
When Menendez admitted to the other three flights, he paid Melgen’s company back for two of them--a total of $58,500. That amount--paid via a check from Menendez’s personal account--is between 8.6 and 18.5 percent of his entire net worth, and a little more than a third of his annual salary, a huge chunk of cash from the senator’s pocket.
Paul Brubaker, a Menendez spokesman based in New Jersey, told a local news reporter that the reason why the Senator paid for these trips “out of his own pocket” and not through his official office or campaign accounts was so they did not have to be reported to official authorities.
- 02-04-2013, 12:36 AM #2
Reid Backs Away from Menendez Defense, Acknowledges Investigations
by Matthew Boyle
3 Feb 2013
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has backed off his ardent defense of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez amid the scandal crashing down on his colleague.
In an interview on ABC News’ This Week today, Reid admitted the existence of multiple investigations into Menendez and his connections to wealthy Democratic Party donor Dr. Salomon Melgen. Reid dropped his rhetoric attacking this reporter, and other outlets that have been investigating the Menendez scandal, since this reporter first published interviews in early November with two Dominican Republic prostitutes alleging they were under-paid to have sex with Menendez.
“I have confidence he did nothing wrong,” Reid said Sunday morning in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, a former Democratic Party and Bill Clinton strategist. “But that's what investigations are all about.”
In contrast, last week, when Breitbart News asked Reid about a similar question during his weekly press conference, the Senate Democratic Leader had a much different response: “The answer is: ‘Always consider the source.’ All anyone here has to look at is the source where this comes from.”
“I told you how I feel about the source of this stuff is,” Reid had added when questioned further. “Really very, very typical for the source.”
Since then, the sources have widened.
CBS News reports that the Senate Ethics Committee is investigating Menendez. “We are aware of the news reports regarding the FBI raid on Dr. Melgen's office," Senate Ethics Committee ranking GOP member Georgie Sen. Johnny Isakson told CBS. “The Ethics Committee will follow its established procedures in this matter." The Miami Herald has also confirmed the existence of two FBI investigations related to this matter.
Reid’s comments to Stephanopoulos could indicate that he is hedging his bets with Menendez now, as compared to last week. Ironically, too, Stephanopoulos's line of questioning against Reid was nearly identical to that which Breitbart News took almost a full week before.
The full transcript of the interview with ABC News:The full transcript of Reid’s comments to Breitbart News at his weekly presser last week:
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Your incoming chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Robert Menendez. The Ethics Committee is now reviewing his relationship with a major contributor-- out of Florida. It appears the F.B.I. is investigating that relationship-- as well. Are you comfortable with him serving as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as these -- investigations continue?
HARRY REID: He was a leader in the House. He's been a leader in the Senate. He's chairman of that committee. He'll do a wonderful job. And he's also an integral part of what we do with immigration reform. So, I have the utmost confidence in him. As-- as to the rest of the investigation, that'll have to be handled the way-- they're all handled around here, in depth and-- the Ethics Committee are in the paper today. They're taking a look at it. So, that's-- that—
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: There's some—
HARRY REID: --that-- that'll have to work out itself.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: --serious allegations here. Are you confident he did nothing wrong?
HARRY REID: Oh, I-- I have confidence he did nothing wrong. But that's what investigations are all about.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: But you're fine with him serving while the investigation goes forward?
HARRY REID: Oh, he's-- he's-- he-- he will-- he has been and will be a great member of that committee.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Final question, how is this Congress going to be remembered?
HARRY REID: Well, we'll have to wait and see. It's really early. And one-- one way it'll be remembered, we changed rules here in the Senate that are gonna make the Senate a better place. And I think there's a better feeling that we can get some things done under what we call regular order. That is stop the procedural gimmicks and to start legislating, voting on things we may not wanna vote on. But that's what we're here for.
ABC News’ decision to ask a question about the matter is a reversal of course as well. The emails that surfaced in early January also show ABC News’ investigative producer Rhonda Schwartz was aware of the Menendez prostitution scandal allegations as early as May 2012--many months before this reporter broke the story for The Daily Caller--and that she decided not to run the story for whatever reason during an election year.
BREITBART NEWS: “Senator, do you think there needs to be–before he takes over as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, do you think there needs to be a full investigation into Senator Menendez’ alleged solicitation of prostitutes in the Dominican Republic and the FBI investigation into that?”
HARRY REID: “The answer is: ‘Always consider the source.’ All anyone here has to look at is the source where this comes from. The source has brought up a lot of—“
BREITBART NEWS: “There are FBI emails showing the FBI is—“
HARRY REID: “I told you how I feel about the source of this stuff is. Really very, very typical for the source.”
After the FBI emails surfaced--before the agency’s raid on Melgen’s eye clinic--ABC News' Martha Raddatz, while guest-hosting This Week for Stephanopoulos on Sunday, January 27, interviewed Menendez for six whole minutes but did not ask him a single question about the scandal.
Photo credit: VOXXI.comReid Backs Away from Menendez Defense, Acknowledges Investigations
- 02-04-2013, 01:37 AM #3
NY Times: Menendez urged U.S. officials to convince Dominican Republic to honor donor's $500M contract
By The Jersey Journal
on February 01, 2013
Sen. Robert MenendezJersey Journal File Photo
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, has urged officials of the State and Commerce departments to convince the Dominican Republic government to honor an estimated $500 million port security contract on behalf of a major donor to the senator's campaigns, The New York Times reports today.
The senator's staff called Menendez's effort just advocacy on behalf of an American company whose contract with the Dominican Republic has remained dormant since it was approved in 2003, according to The Times.
The donor and principal in the security firm is Florida opthalmologist Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, who has provided Menendez with trips to the Dominican Republic on a private jet. Melgen has financial problems that includes an $11.2 million lien lodged against him by the IRS.
The relationship between Melgen and Menendez, who is expected to chair the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, came under scrutiny after the doctor's West Palm Beach, Fla. office was raided Tuesday and Wednesday by FBI agents who removed cartons of documents. Melegan's attorney said he believes the raid is focused specifically on his client.
Months of unsubstantiated allegations by conservative bloggers that the jet trips to the Caribbean island included trysts with prostitutes drew angry denials from Menendez, calling them smear campaigns.
The ties between Menendez and Melgen drew media interest with the FBI raid and admission by the senator's office that in January the senator paid the eye doctor $58,500 for two jet trips to the Dominican Republic that he took in 2010. Those trips were personal vacations that were never reported as gifts.
NY Times: Menendez urged U.S. officials to convince Dominican Republic to honor donor's $500M contract | NJ.com
- 02-04-2013, 09:17 AM #4
- Join Date
- May 2007
- South West Florida (Behind friendly lines but still in Occupied Territory)
U.S. Sen. Robert "Stinky Finger" Menendez seems to be a repeat child Rapist
he just cant get enoughReporting from FEMA Region IV; Florida, United States of America (BANKSTER Controlled)
- 02-04-2013, 11:38 AM #5
quote(It is unclear why the plane flew to the Dominican Republic and back that night.)quote
I can think of a couple reasons.I'm old with many opinions few solutions.