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The United States Of America v. Bob Menendez

- September 29, 2017

The Details Being Revealed At Bob Menendez's Federal Corruption Trial Don't Look Good For Him

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Senator Bob Menendez's (D-NJ) trial kicked off at the beginning of September and according to one reporter, the trial already sounds "a bit more like an episode of 'Scandal'" including details on "bribery charges, mistresses, and alleged abuse of power."
  • Witnesses have testified about an alleged quid pro quo in which Senator Menendez received a luxury trip to Paris, private flights to the Dominican Republic, among many other gifts in exchange for his assistance in getting visas for the girlfriends of his donor friend, convicted felon Dr. Salomon Melgen.
  • Witnesses have described the immense pressure Senator Menendez's office applied to federal agencies and regulators in an attempt to help Dr. Melgen in his massive Medicare overbilling scheme that ultimately robbed Medicare out of as much as $105 million.
  • Former Senator and Senate HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) testified that Senator Menendez asked him to meet with Dr. Melgen in order to help with Melgen's billing dispute with Medicare. Prosecutors also say Menendez enlisted former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and then-HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in his efforts to help Melgen.
  • A director of coverage at CMS testified he was "disturbed" by what a Menendez staffer told him in an attempt to sway Dr. Melgen's billing dispute with CMS.
  • Senator Menendez's approval rating in New Jersey is at its lowest point since 2008, with just 20% of New Jersey voters saying he deserves to be reelected and 84% wanting him to resign from the Senate should he be convicted.

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SENATOR BOB MENENDEZ'S BRIBERY TRIAL STARTED AT THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER

Senator Menendez Was Indicted In 2015 On Bribery And Corruption Charges

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) Was Indicted In 2015, Accused Of Accepting Nearly $1 Million In Campaign Donations And Gifts In Exchange For Advancing A Donor's Interests. "Menendez was indicted in April 2015, accused of accepting nearly $1 million in campaign donations and gifts -- including numerous flights on Melgen's private plane and stays at luxurious vacation accommodations in the Dominican Republic and Paris -- in exchange for using his office to press for government action that would help Melgen's business interests. On one issue, Menendez advocated for policies that would have aided Melgen in a $9 million billing dispute with the government." (Jonathan Tamari, "Supreme Court Rejects Sen. Bob Menendez's Appeal In Corruption Case," Philadelphia Inquirer , 3/20/17)

  • Prosecutors Charged Senator Menendez With One Count Of Conspiracy To Commit Bribery, One Count Of Violating The Travel Act, Eight Counts Of Bribery, Three Counts Of Honest Services Fraud And One Count Of Making False Statements. "United States of America v. Robert Menendez (Counts 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21 & 22) and Salomon Melgen (Counts 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19,20, &21), Defendants. No. Count 1: 18 U.S.C. § 371 (Conspiracy To Commit Bribery And Honest Services Wire Fraud), Count 2: 18 U.S.C. §§ 1952, 2 (Travel Act), Counts 3-18: 18 U.S.C. § 201(b) (Bribery), Counts 19-21: 18 U.S.C. §§ 1341, 1343, 1346, 2 (Honest Services Fraud), Count 22: 18 U.S.C. § 1001 (False Statements). ( Indictment , United States of America v. Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen, 2:15-cr-00155-WHW, 7/1/15)
  • Senator Menendez Is The First Sitting Senator To Face A Bribery Trial In Almost Forty Years. "The first U.S. senator to face bribery charges in nearly four decades goes on trial Wednesday in a case that could affect the Senate's partisan makeup and the fate of President Donald Trump's legislative agenda." (Pete Williams, "Sen. Robert Menendez Bribery Trial Could Reshape Senate, Trump's Agenda," NBC News , 9/5/17)

Senator Menendez Is Alleged To Have Used His "Political Influence" To Help Dr. Melgen Launch A Port Security Business, Support Visa Applications For The Doctor's Girlfriends, And Help With His Medicare Billing Dispute. "In a sprawling indictment filed in the 61-year-old senator's home state, federal prosecutors say Menendez illegally peddled his political influence to help his pal with both business and personal concerns - in exchange for nearly $1 million in gifts and donations. Topping the charges: the senator tried to resolve the West Palm Beach physician's multimillion - dollar billing dispute with the federal Medicare program. He helped Melgen launch a port security business in his native Dominican Republic. He even supported visa applications for the doctor's girlfriends from the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Ukraine." (Jay Weaver, "Sen. Robert Menendez, South Florida Eye Doctor Indicted In Federal Corruption Case; Corruption," The Miami Herald , 4/1/15)

Senator Menendez Is Accused Of Accepting Private Plane Fights And Other Gifts From Dr. Melgen In Exchange For Menendez's Assistance. "In exchange, the former chair of the senate foreign relations committee is accused of accepting several private plane flights to a Caribbean resort, other gifts such as a luxury Paris hotel stay and a bounty of campaign donations, according to the indictment. The physician, who was also indicted, even contributed $40,000 to the politician's legal defense fund involving a recall issue." (Jay Weaver, "Sen. Robert Menendez, South Florida Eye Doctor Indicted In Federal Corruption Case; Corruption," The Miami Herald , 4/1/15)

Senator Menendez Is Accused Of Soliciting And Accepting Vacations From Dr. Melgen At Dr. Melgen's Villa In Casa De Campo, A Luxury Resort In The Dominican Republic. "Melgen offered and gave, and Menendez solicited and accepted from Melgen, vacations at Melgen's villa in Casa de Campo, a luxury golf and sporting resort located in La Romana, on the Caribbean coast of the Dominican Republic." ( Indictment , United States of America v. Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen, 2:15-cr-00155-WHW, 7/1/15)

Senator Menendez Is Accused Of Soliciting And Accepting A Three Night Stay At A Five Star Hotel In Paris From Dr. Melgen Valued At Almost $5,000. "From on or about April 8, 2010, through on or about April 11, 2010, Menendez stayed in an executive suite at the five-star Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome valued at $4,934.10. Menendez solicited and accepted from Melgen 649,611 American Express Membership Rewards points (hereinafter 'AmEx points') in order to pay for the suite." ( Indictment , United States of America v. Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen, 2:15-cr-00155-WHW, 7/1/15)

Senator Menendez Is Accused Of "Knowingly And Willfully Omitting" Things Of Value That He "Solicited And Accepted" From Dr. Melgen From Annual Financial Disclosure Reports That He Is Required To File. "Menendez concealed things of value he solicited and accepted from Melgen by knowingly and willfully omitting them from the annual Financial Disclosure Reports he was statutorily required to compete under the Ethics in Government Act. Specifically, in reports Menendez filed between 2007 and 2012, he never disclosed any of the reportable gifts that he received from Melgen." ( Indictment , United States of America v. Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen, 2:15-cr-00155-WHW, 7/1/15)

Dr. Melgen Was Already Found Guilty Of Over $100 Million Of Medicare Fraud

Dr. Melgen Was Convicted In April 2017 Of 67 Charges For Operating A "Massive" Medicare Fraud Scheme That Robbed Medicare Out Of As Much As $105 Million. "Chalking up one of the biggest health-care fraud convictions in the nation, a federal jury on Friday convicted Palm Beach County retinal specialist Dr. Salomon Melgen of 67 charges for operating what prosecutors called a massive scheme that robbed Medicare out of as much as $105 million." (Jane Musgrave, "Eye Doc Melgen Guilty In One Of Nation's Biggest Medicare Fraud Cases," Palm Beach Post , 4/28/17)

Dr. Melgen's Sentencing Has Been Postponed Until After His Corruption Trial With Senator Menendez Concludes, But He Faces "Decades In Prison." "Prosecutors and defense lawyers have agreed to postpone the health care fraud sentencing of a Florida eye doctor who could be facing decades in prison and is also set for a separate trial next month in a corruption case with Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). Attorneys for wealthy ophthalmologist and campaign donor Salomon Melgen confirmed in a court filing Thursday an agreement to put off the fraud sentencing until after the corruption trial." (Josh Gerstein and John Bresnahan, "Sentencing Postponed For Menendez Co-Defendant," Politico , 8/10/17)

The Trial Kicked Off At The Beginning Of September And Senator Menendez's Legal Team Immediately Played The Race Card

On The Second Day Of Senator Menendez's Federal Corruption Trial, His Legal Team Accused Prosecutors Of Attacking Hispanic-Americans. "The second day of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez's federal corruption trial concluded Thursday after an attorney for Menendez's co-defendant accused prosecutors of attacking Hispanic-Americans, and the judge warned attorneys on both sides not to turn the proceeding into a 'tabloid trial.' Kirk Ogrosky, the lead attorney for Dominican-born Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, described a deep, 25-year friendship between Melgen and Menendez in which the two men often sought to help young Hispanic Americans advance the way they had. 'Sal and Bob were part of a fellowship of Hispanic Americans, entrepreneurs, businessmen, doctors, politicians. You'll hear this at trial: their idea was to pay it forward, help young Hispanic Americans improve their lives, lift up their community, play a larger role in their community,' Ogrosky said. 'This case isn't only an attack on those men. It's an attack on that whole group.'" (Matt Friedman, "Menendez Trial An Attack On Hispanic Americans, Says Co-Defendant's Lawyer," Politico , 9/7/17)

THE DETAILS OF SENATOR MENENDEZ'S TRIAL PAINT A SORDID PICTURE

Reporters Have Described The Details Laid Out By The Prosecution As Sounding Like An Episode Of "Scandal" Full Of Details About Private Jets, "Bribery Charges, Mistresses, And Alleged Abuse Of Power"

ABC's Mary Bruce Described The First Few Weeks Of The Trial As "At Times, This Case Sounds A Bit More Like An Episode Of 'Scandal,' Bribery Charges, Mistresses, And Alleged Abuse Of Power, And At The Heart Of It All, A U.S. Senator On Trial For Federal Corruption." ABC's MARY BRUCE: "Good Morning George, well at times, this case sounds a bit more like an episode of 'Scandal,' bribery charges, mistresses, and alleged abuse of power, and at the heart of it all, a U.S. senator on trial for federal corruption. This morning, these women find themselves caught up in bribery charges against a sitting U.S. Senator. Federal prosecutors allege New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez helped these women obtain visas to the U.S. as a political favor for their boyfriend, the Senator's friend and married donor Salomon Melgen. Just one of the favors Menendez allegedly did for the doctor in exchange for expensive hotel stays, flights on private jets and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions." (ABC's, "Good Morning America," 9/13/17)

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Dr. Melgen Used Almost 650,000 Of His American Express Reward Points To Pay For Senator Menendez's Three Night Stay At The Park Hyatt Hotel In Paris, Which Senator Menendez Did Not Reimburse Him For. "In 2010, Mr. Melgen used nearly 650,000 American Express reward points to pay for Mr. Menendez's three night stay in Paris at the Park Hyatt hotel in a room with a limestone bath, soaking tub and numerous other amenities. Mr. Menendez said in an email to Mr. Melgen that he would repay the doctor in points. Mr. Thomas said, however, that after examining Mr. Menendez's American Express records, it would have taken the senator about 30 years to accumulate 650,000 points at the rate in which he was accruing the rewards points. And after three years of saving, the prosecution showed that Mr. Menendez spent nearly 134,000 points on a Weber Genesis grill." (Nick Corasaniti, "Robert Menendez Personally Lobbied For Visas, Former Aide Testifies," The New York Times , 9/11/17)

Rosiell Polanco Testified That Dr. Melgen Called Senator Menendez To Help Her And Her Sister Have Their Visas Approved Despite Having Them Rejected Earlier By The State Department. "Rosiell Polanco received a surprise call in 2008 from the United States consulate in the Dominican Republic, roughly a week after her visa had been initially rejected, summoning her for a second interview, she testified in a federal courtroom here on Tuesday. The call came after she had reached out to Dr. Salomon Melgen, a wealthy ophthalmologist from South Florida who had invited her and her sister to visit him, and told him that her visa had been rejected. He assured her that he would call Senator Robert Menendez to get the situation rectified. 'He told me that he was going to try to fix it, that he was going to talk to the senator,' Ms. Polanco testified, speaking in Spanish through a translator. Following a second interview and a review of her application, Ms. Polanco and her sister, Korall, were given visas." (Nick Corasaniti, "In Testimony, Women Describe Robert Menendez's Role In Getting Visas," The New York Times , 9/12/17)

Both Polanco And Svitlana Buchyk, Who Also Testified That Dr. Melgen Helped Her Obtain A Visa, Were Girlfriends Of Dr. Melgen. "Ms. Polanco and another woman, Svitlana Buchyk, who also had a personal relationship with Dr. Melgen, took the witness stand on Tuesday, describing how they had contacted Dr. Melgen for help in obtaining visas. While their testimony focused primarily on issues of timing and semantics and revealed no evidence of wrongdoing, their appearance had been widely anticipated since the indictment in the case described both women as girlfriends of Dr. Melgen." (Nick Corasaniti, "In Testimony, Women Describe Robert Menendez's Role In Getting Visas," The New York Times , 9/12/17)

Joel Nantais, A State Department Official, Testified That It Was "Uncommon" For Members Of Congress To Be Personally Involved In Visa Applications. "After the two women testified, the prosecution called Joel Nantais, a State Department official, to examine their visa applications. During his testimony, both sides focused on whether it was common practice for a senator to get involved in such applications. 'It's common that we hear from congressional staff,' Mr. Nantais said, responding to a question from Abbe Lowell, one of Mr. Menendez's lawyers. 'What was uncommon was the member themselves reaching out, in my experience.'" (Nick Corasaniti, "In Testimony, Women Describe Robert Menendez's Role In Getting Visas," The New York Times , 9/12/17)

Robert Nyland Testified That He Flew Senator Menendez Sixteen Times On Private Jets Over Three Years And Suggested To His Co-Pilot That They Have Senator Menendez's "Favorite Fruit Juices" Onboard If They Flew Him Again. "Robert Nyland, a former pilot on Melgen's private jets, testified Wednesday that he flew Menendez on 16 legs between 2008 and 2010, The Record reported. Prosecutors showed an email Nylund sent his co-pilot in 2010 suggesting they buy Evian bottled water and Menendez's favorite fruit juices 'if we fly the senator again.'" (Witness: "Sen. Menendez's Friend Paid For $8k Private Flight," The Associated Press ," 9/13/17)

FBI Agent Alan Mohl Testified That Dr. Melgen Had Paid For "Many More Flights" For Senator Menendez On Melgen's Private Jet Than The Three That Senator Menendez Admitted To In 2013. "Prosecutors also showed a January 2013 press release from Menendez's 2013 press release from Menendez's office that said the Democratic senator 'has traveled on Dr. Melgen's plane on three occasions, all of which have been paid for and reported appropriately,' In fact, prosecutors showed a chart with many more flights Menendez had taken on Melgen's private jet, and other travel Menendez undertook that was paid for by Melgen - including a first-class commercial flight from Newark to West Palm Beach, Fla. 'Based on your investigation, did Sen. Menendez take three flights, or more than three flights on Salomon Melgen's plane?' Abrishami asked the witness, FBI agent Alan Mohl. 'More than three flights,' Mohl said." (Matt Friedman, "Prosecutors Focus On Menendez's Alleged Concealment Of Gifts," Politico , 9/20/17)

Dr. Melgen's Son-In-Law Asked The FAA To Block The Public From Having Access To Melgen's Private Plane Logs Hours After The FBI Executed A Search Warrant On Melgen's Business Office, According To The Testimony Of An FAA Official. "Just hours after the FBI executed a search warrant on the business offices of a Florida eye doctor accused of bribing U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez with gifts such as trips on his private jet, the doctor's son-in-law asked a federal agency to block public access to flight records, a federal prosecutor said Monday. The FBI raided Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen's offices on Jan. 30, 2013. Just after midnight on Jan. 31, Melgen's son-in-law asked the Federal Aviation Administration to stop sharing prospective flight records with third-party websites that sell the information to groups such as news organizations, an FAA official testified in federal court here." (Andrew Seidman, "Feds: Doc Accused Of Bribing Menendez With Private Jet Trips Sought To Block Access To Flight Data," The Philadelphia Inquirer , 9/18/17)

Scott Smith, A Trade Specialist For The Commerce Department, Testified That In 2012 He Had An "Aggressive And Threatening" Meeting With Dr. Melgen's Lawyer Who Warned Smith That "Dr. Melgen Had Politically Influential Friends" Who Could Cause Problems For The Commerce Department. "A lawyer representing Dr. Salomon Melgen, who is on trial on federal corruption charges here alongside Senator Robert Menendez, threatened officials from the Department of Commerce if they failed to help him resolve a contract dispute in the Dominican Republic, a federal official testified on Monday. The official, Scott Smith, a trade specialist with the Commerce Department for 19 years, recalled an 'aggressive and threatening' hour-long meeting in 2012 with Elio Muller, a lawyer who was then representing Dr. Melgen and ICSSI, a cargo-screening company in the Dominican Republic in which Dr. Melgen owned a 50 percent stake. 'He stated that Dr. Melgen had politically influential friends and that they could cause a lot of problems for the Department of Commerce if Dr. Melgen didn't feel like he was being served correctly,' Mr. Smith testified." (Nick Corasaniti, "Menendez Co-Defendant Pressured Government For Help, Official Testifies," The New York Times , 9/25/17)

  • Monique Abrishami, A Federal Prosecutor, Asked Smith Who He Thought Could Exact Political Retribution And Smith Replied, "Senator Menendez. "Mr. Smith then recounted Mr. Muller's threats of political retribution. When Monique Abrishami, a federal prosecutor, asked Mr. Smith who he thought might exact retribution, he replied, 'Senator Menendez.'" (Nick Corasaniti, "Menendez Co-Defendant Pressured Government For Help, Official Testifies," The New York Times , 9/25/17)

Former Senator And Colleague Of Senator Menendez, Tom Harkin Testified That He Had "Wondered" About Dr. Melgen's Billing Practices

Former Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) Testified That Senator Menendez And Dr. Melgen Met With Him In 2011 About Dr. Melgen's Billing Dispute. "But for the 20 or so minutes that Tom Harkin, the former senator from Iowa, testified inside a federal courtroom here on Wednesday, he calmly recalled a meeting he had with Senator Robert Menendez and Dr. Salomon Melgen in 2011 about a billing dispute involving Dr. Melgen. (Nick Corasaniti, "Tom Harkin Recalls Meeting With Menendez And Melgen, And Not Much Else," The New York Times , 9/27/17)

  • Senator Harkin Testified That He "Wondered" About Dr. Melgen's Billing Practices Where He Was Charging Three People For Three Vials Of Medicine, But Only Paying For One . "'Two things stick out in my mind,' Mr. Harkin, who retired from the Senate in 2015, explained. One, he said, was a medical company manufacturing a vial of eye medicine with enough for three doses, even though the Food and Drug Administration had approved only a single dose use per container for the medicine. 'I wondered about that. Why wouldn't they make a vial for one person rather than for three?' He also wondered about Dr. Melgen's billing practices. 'If he's treating three people and he's charging three people for three but he's only paying for one vial, that doesn't sound right to me, either.'" (Nick Corasaniti, "Tom Harkin Recalls Meeting With Menendez And Melgen, And Not Much Else," The New York Times , 9/27/17)
  • At The Time Of The Meeting, Senator Harkin Was The Chair Of The Senate Health, Education, Labor, And Pensions Committee Which Oversees The Department Of Health And Human Services And The Centers Of Medicare And Medicaid Services. "Harkin, who left Congress in 2015, was the chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee at the time of the 2011 meeting. That committee oversees the Department of Health and Human Services, one component of which is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS." (Thomas Moriarty and MaryAnn Spoto, "Senator Says He Met With Doctor About Medicare Issue At Menendez's Request," NJ Advance Media , 9/27/17)

Prosecutors Have Also Implicated Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid And Then-Health And Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius In Menendez's Efforts To Help Dr. Melgen

Senator Menendez "Enlisted" Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) And Kathleen Sebelius To Help Dr. Melgen While He Was Defrauding Medicare Of Millions Of Dollars. "Menendez "enlisted" Reid in November 2011 to help pressure the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, known as CMS, to reverse its ruling that Melgen owed $8.9 million for overbilling Medicare. Reid contacted a White House deputy chief of staff, prosecutors said. 'At that time, the Majority Leader reached out to the White House Deputy Chief of Staff, informing her that Menendez was upset about how a Florida ophthalmologist was being treated by CMS and asking that she call the agency,' according to the 30-page filing. … The U.S. indictment against Menendez and Melgen details how Menendez and Reid met with Kathleen Sebelius, then-secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to discuss policies that affected Melgen. That meeting on Aug. 2, 2012, took place in Reid's Capitol office, according to Wednesday's filing." (David Voreacos and Neil Weinberg, "Harry Reid Sought White House Help For Menendez Donor, DOJ Says," Bloomberg , 8/31/17)

A Former Director Of Coverage At CMS Was "So Disturbed" By What A Menendez Staffer Told Him To Do About Dr. Melgen's Billing Dispute That He Had To "Stretch" And Clear His Head After The Call

A Staffer For Senator Menendez Told Louis Jacques, A Director Of Coverage And Analysis For CMS At The Time, That "Bad Medicine Is Not Illegal" In Regards To Dr. Melgen's Billing Dispute With Medicare, According To Testimony From Jacques. "One of Menendez's staffers was particularly 'persistent' in advocating for the doctor on a telephone call with several agency officials in July 2009, according to Dr. Louis Jacques, a former director of coverage and analysis at CMS. Jacques testified that the staffer said 'the issue is very important to the senator, Melgen is a personal friend, bad medicine is not illegal, Medicare should pay these claims.'" (Laura Jarrett and Sarah Jorgensen, "Menendez Staff Lobbied To Quash Friend's Billing Dispute, Official Says," CNN , 9/27/17)

Jacques Also Said He Was "So Disturbed" By What The Staffer For Senator Menendez Told Him That He Had To "Stretch" And "Clear (My) Head" After The Call. "Jacques said he was so disturbed by the staffer's words and that he told the jury he got up from his seat to 'stretch' and 'clear (my) head' at the doorway. 'Aside from those particular statements, the call would have been entirely forgettable to me - the reason why I remember it specifically are those statements,' Jacques added." (Laura Jarrett and Sarah Jorgensen, "Menendez Staff Lobbied To Quash Friend's Billing Dispute, Official Says," CNN , 9/27/17)

  • Jacques Added That The Phrase "Bad Medicine" Used By The Menendez Staffer Was The First Time Anyone Had "Essentially Acknowledged" The Phrase To Him And The Menendez Staffer Believed That The Medicare Should Pay For The "Bad Medicine." "'The issue is very important to the Senator. Dr. Melgen is a personal friend of the Senator. Bad medicine is not illegal. Medicare should pay these claims,' the unidentified staffer said, according to testimony by Dr. Luis Jacques, who at the time was director of the coverage and analysis group at the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). Jacques said he was taken aback by the remark and got up in frustration and briefly stood in his office's doorway. 'Because it struck me based on prior congressional calls and correspondence I had done before that it was the first time anyone had ever essentially acknowledged quote-unquote 'bad medicine.' Jacques said. 'It was that person's term, not mine. And that someone should pay for 'bad medicine.'" (Matt Friedman, "Harkin Testifies At Menendez Trial," Politico , 9/27/17)

New Jersey Star-Ledger Editorial Board Editor Tom Moran Said Menendez Being Found Guilty Of Not Disclosing His Gifts From Melgen Is Enough To Expel Him From The Senate

New Jersey Star-Ledger Editorial Board Editor Tom Moran Said Menendez Being Found Guilty Of The Disclosure Charge Against Him Would Be Enough To Expel Him From The Senate. NJ Star -Ledger's Tom Moran: "What the more certain difficult part for Menendez is the disclosure, aside from whether there was bribery and that quid pro quo. He's charged with not disclosing these gifts and I've heard no scenario and having talked to the defense lawyer, heard no real excuse for that. So I think that's where he's at greatest peril and that's sufficient to be excluded from the Senate, expelled." (NJTV's "Reporter Roundtable," 9/17/17)

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NEW JERSEY VOTERS BELIEVE THAT SENATOR MENENDEZ SHOULD NOT BE REELECTED REGARDLESS OF THE OUTCOME OF THE TRIAL, AND STRONGLY BELIEVE HE SHOULD RESIGN IF CONVICTED

Two Recent Polls Show New Jersey Voters Do Not Want Senator Menendez To Be Reelected In 2018, And Want Him To Resign If Convicted

New Jersey Voters Strongly Believe Senator Menendez Should Not Be Reelected Next Year. "New Jersey voters say 50 - 20 percent, with 30 percent undecided, that U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez does not deserve reelection next year, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today." ( Quinnipiac University , 1121 RV, MOE 4%, 9/7/17-9/12/17)

Senator Menendez's Approval Rating Is At Its Lowest Point In Nine Years, And New Jersey Voters Now Disapprove Of Him By An Eighteen Point Margin. "Sen. Menendez gets a negative 31-49 percent job approval rating, his lowest rating since a split 30-31 percent rating in a February 20, 2008, survey by the independent Quinnipiac University." ( Quinnipiac University , 1121 RV, MOE 4%, 9/7/17-9/12/17)

Eighty-Four Percent Of Likely Voters And Seventy-Seven Percent Of Registered Democrats Think Senator Menendez Should Resign From The Senate If He Is Convicted Of The Bribery And Fraud Charges He Faces. "And as U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat, defends himself against fraud and bribery charges in federal court, 84 percent of likely voters-including 77 percent of registered Democrats-said that he should resign from the Senate if convicted." ( Suffolk University , 500 LV, MOE 4.4%, 9/19/17-9/23/17)

 

 

 

( Suffolk University , 500 LV, MOE 4.4%, 9/19/17-9/23/17)


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