The FBI's investigation into New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez's potentially shady dealings is still ongoing, but for now it seems like he's going to get off an least one of the charges: they can't find any evidence he solicited any Dominican prostitutes, underage or otherwise. The Washington Post's Carol D. Leonnig and Peter Wallsten report the FBI can't find anything linking Menendez to prostitutes working in the Dominican Republic. The prostitutes Melendez was accused of cavorting with have so far proved to, y'know, not be prostitutes.
Allegations Menedez was flown by longtime friend and donor Salomon E. Melgen to the Dominican Republic (and provided with prostitutes during his visits) were first reported by the Daily Caller, and then drudged up again by emails leaked to Breitbart's Matthew Boyle. We never thought the evidence held up there.
Where the investigation stands in relation to the allegations Menendez intervened to protect a $500 million port security contract on behalf of Melgen remains to be seen. Melgen, who works as an optometrist in West Palm Beach, had his offices raided by the FBI over these allegations, but we have not heard any results from that part of the investigation. Menendez has a long history of being a great friend to Melgen that might seem, on the surface, to be a little suspect. The New Jersey Sen. also stepped in to stop an investigation accusing that would have seen Melgen charged for overbilling Medicare for $9 million. Menendez maintains his relationship with Melgen is on the up and up, and that he has never, ever been bought by anyone.
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