It was announced on Friday, Eric Holder and the Department of Justice are preparing charges against Democrat Senator Bob Menendez, alleging he used his office to push the interests of top Democratic donor and friend Salomon Megen in exchange for gifts. The charges are expected in the next few weeks. Menendez has continued to claim he is innocent. Eric Holder has remained quiet on whether he authorized the charges against Menendez. CNN first broke the story Friday afternoon.
The case could lead to a high-profile test over the Justice Department’s ability to prosecute sitting congress members. This case also led to a heated legal battle over whether key evidence is protected by the Constitution’s Speech and Debate clause. Prosecutors are working to prove he broke the law in advocating for Melgen’s business interest in a Dominican Republican government contract for a port screening equipment. Customs and Border Protection agency considered donating port screening equipment to the foreign government, which would have hurt the contract of Melgen’s company. Menendez was appointed to the Senate in 2006 and later elected to a full term in the same year. He is the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee. Read more at Examiner.com
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