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Saturday, September 16, 2017
Menendez Helped Co-Defendant on Visas, Ex-Aide Testifies
A former staffer for U.S. Sen. Bob
Menendez testified Monday that the New Jersey Democrat was involved in helping
with the visa applications of friends of a wealthy doctor who is on trial with
Under direct questioning from the
government, former senior policy adviser Mark Lopes testified that Menendez
emailed him in 2008 authorizing a letter of support from Menendez to be sent to
consular officials regarding the visa applications of two sisters from the
One of the emails sent around the
time had a subject line that read: "Dr. Melgen's request."
When the applications were denied
despite Menendez's signed letter, Lopes testified, Menendez instructed him to
reach out to the U.S. ambassador.
The sisters were friends of Florida
ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, a longtime friend of Menendez's. The two men
were indicted in 2015 and face multiple fraud and bribery charges. Prosecutors
said they orchestrated a scheme in which Melgen gave Menendez gifts and
campaign donations in exchange for Menendez's political influence.
The indictment alleges that, in addition
to the visas, Menendez lobbied government officials on behalf of Melgen in a
Medicare billing dispute and a contract dispute involving a company Melgen
owned that sought to provide port security equipment in the Dominican Republic.
Menendez and Melgen have contended in
court filings, and their attorneys alleged in their opening statements last
week, that the gifts flowed in both directions and were evidence of the pair's
longtime friendship and mutual affection, not a corrupt agreement.
Earlier Monday, a vice president for
American Express testified Melgen used about 650,000 AmEx points to pay for a
Paris hotel room for Menendez in 2010.
The case could threaten Menendez's
political career and potentially alter the makeup of a deeply divided U.S.
Senate if he's convicted.
If he is expelled or steps down
before Republican Gov. Chris Christie leaves office Jan. 16, Christie would
pick Menendez's successor. A Democrat has a large polling and financial
advantage in November's election to replace Christie.
The most serious charge Menendez and
Melgen each face, honest services fraud, carries a maximum 20-year sentence.
Ed.The article you just read appeared
on NBCNews.com on September 11th. It was prepared by the Associated
Press. How much deference did the AP writer show Senator Menendez in this “report”
on the liberal Democrat’s legal troubles? Well, the AP wrote of “gifts” given
Menendez by Dr. Salomon Melgen. But the author failed to mention that those
gifts totaled at least $700,000! The AP writer also revealed that “Menendez
lobbied government officials on behalf of Melgen in a Medicare billing dispute.”
Well Melgen’s role in that little “billing dispute” was settled by jurors back
in April as the good doctor was found guilty of stealing “up to
$105 million from the federal medical insurance program between 2008 and 2013
by performing unneeded tests and treatments on mostly elderly and disabled
Of course, early this
month, NBC and the AP tweeted a story that Menedez is a Republican senator,
while a New York Times article soft-peddling the trial failed to attribute any political
party affiliation to the New Jersey defendant.
The Coach’s Team will
continue to publish information on the Menendez trial, even though the national
media doesn’t consider it terribly newsworthy.
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