FBI agents search office of Florida doctor known as Sen. Menendez's donor
October 22nd, 2013
05:52 PM ET
9 months ago

FBI agents search office of Florida doctor known as Sen. Menendez's donor

(CNN) - Federal agents on Tuesday raided a South Florida office of Dr. Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor whose past issues with authorities had already entangled Sen. Robert Menendez.

With yellow crime tape strung up outside, men and women lugged box after box of materials from Melgen's West Palm Beach office into awaiting minivans. Both members of the federal Health and Human Services department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation took part in the search, which FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock said was the second at the same Melgen clinic - the other coming last January.

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September 12th, 2013
07:22 AM ET
11 months ago

Vladimir Putin's comments on American exceptionalism, Syria cause a fuss

(CNN) - If Vladimir Putin wanted to get Americans' attention, he seems to have done a pretty good job.

The Russian president's op-ed article arguing against military intervention in Syria, published on The New York Times' website late Wednesday, set off a flurry of reactions - some outraged, some impressed, and some just plain bemused.

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Filed under: Robert Menendez • Russia
Foreign Relations chair moves bill to arm Syrian rebels
May 6th, 2013
05:22 PM ET
1 year ago

Foreign Relations chair moves bill to arm Syrian rebels

(CNN) – The Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee offered legislation Monday that would allow the United States to provide lethal weapons to the Syrian opposition, a step President Barack Obama has yet to publicaly endorse.

Sen. Robert Menendez's bill would allow U.S.-provided arms, military training and supplies to go to groups that have been vetted and cleared, and establish a $250 million fund to help support a political transition in Syria, where a civil war has been waged for over 2 years.
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Menendez donor: ‘They took away my dignity’
April 2nd, 2013
09:11 AM ET
1 year ago

Menendez donor: ‘They took away my dignity’

(CNN) – The Florida doctor who found himself embroiled in allegations leveled at Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez said in an interview published Tuesday that his name and reputation have been unfairly sullied.

“They took away my dignity. They portrayed me as a greedy guy who was with politicians for the quid pro quo,” Salomon Melgen said in the interview with Bloomberg.
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Dominican police: Women were paid to lie about Sen. Robert Menendez
March 19th, 2013
12:39 AM ET
1 year ago

Dominican police: Women were paid to lie about Sen. Robert Menendez

(CNN) - Three woman in the Dominican Republic were paid to claim, falsely, that they had sex with U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, police said in a statement Monday.

The women were paid by attorney Melanio Figueroa, who worked with Miguel Galvan, another attorney, they said.

Galvan has previously said that another lawyer asked him to assist in a divorce case by finding "witnesses" to claim they had sex with Menendez for money.

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March 5th, 2013
02:24 PM ET
1 year ago

Confession shows sex claims were 'false smears,' senator says

(CNN) - Sen. Robert Menendez slammed accusations that he had paid a Dominican woman for sex and expressed hope Tuesday that those behind the claims would be exposed in the wake of the woman's notarized confession that she'd never even met the New Jersey Democrat.

"I hope that you will all vigorously go after who was the source and purpose as you did go after the story at the time," he told reporters.

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Dominican woman says she was paid to say she had sex with U.S. senator
March 4th, 2013
08:37 PM ET
1 year ago

Dominican woman says she was paid to say she had sex with U.S. senator

(CNN) – After asserting in a video that U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez paid her for sex, a Dominican woman now says she was paid to make those claims and has never met the New Jersey Democrat, a court document states.

According to a notarized document, Nexis de los Santos Santana said she was filmed without her knowledge when she claimed to have had sex with Menendez.

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Poll: Menendez allegations take toll; Geraldo unpopular
February 21st, 2013
08:51 AM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Menendez allegations take toll; Geraldo unpopular

(CNN) – The allegations of misconduct swirling around Sen. Robert Menendez – which he has vehemently denied – appear to have eroded the New Jersey Democrat's approval rating, according to a survey released Thursday.

The Quinnipiac University poll indicated that 41% of New Jersey voters disapproved of the job Menendez is doing as senator, compared to 36% who approve. That's a 15-point drop from a poll taken toward the end of January, when 51% approved of Menendez's job performance. Quinnipiac said it's his lowest approval rating since August 2011.
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Menendez speaks out strongly against claims
February 9th, 2013
07:20 PM ET
1 year ago

Menendez speaks out strongly against claims

(CNN) - Sen. Robert Menendez has labeled as false a number of claims by unidentified accusers who, he says, are “trying to defame” him with accusations that he improperly used his office by accepting unreported plane flights, advocating on Capitol Hill on behalf of a business and intervening in a Medicare billing inquiry.

“It’s the last time I am going to say this - the last time. Anonymous people without faces, without names can make accusations and the press can ask these questions,” the New Jersey Democrat told the television network Univision.
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Menendez talking points: 'Stop the rush to judgment!'
February 8th, 2013
12:46 AM ET
1 year ago

Menendez talking points: 'Stop the rush to judgment!'

(CNN) - Sen. Robert Menendez has denied wrongdoing regarding several recent claims, including that he partied with prostitutes while on trips to the Dominican Republic.

A memo of talking points sent to supporters by his communications director Tricia Enright after those claims and others surfaced calls for his supporters to "step back, take a breath and look at the facts." The memo of talking points was obtained by CNN.

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