Guilty Background

Background

“Loser” “Losers: The U.S. Senator is admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee for accepting gifts from close friend Salomon Melgen.”
Democrats & Republicans Agree “On Thursday, the six members — three Republicans, three Democrats — of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics issued a stinging smackdown of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez over his relationship with a wealthy eye doctor named Salomon Melgen.”
Jail? No, Admonishment? Yes “Sen. Robert Menendez, who avoided conviction in a federal corruption trial last year, violated federal law and Senate rules in accepting unreported gifts from a friend and political ally.”
Chastised by Colleagues “The letter of admonition came after a long dormant period for the Ethics Committee, which rarely publicly chastises sitting senators.”
Menendez Bad Behavior Breathes Life into Ethics Committee “The Senate Ethics Committee includes three Republicans and three Democrats. The strong findings from the panel are rare. The Ethics Committee sometimes goes years without issuing a press release.”
Ethics Committee Smacks Menendez “The Senate Ethics Committee is saying his relationship with Dr. Salomon Melgen broke Senate rules, federal law and ‘applicable standards of conduct.’”
Did You Hear That??? “…A letter like this one from the Senate Ethics Committee will land with a thud in the world’s greatest deliberative body. But it’s actually worse than that. Why? Because not only did all three Democrats on the Ethics Committee sign the letter ‘severely admonish[ing]’ Menendez, but four of the six also serve on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where Menendez is the ranking Democratic member.”
Criminal Probe Target? Bob Menendez “Menendez was the target of a lengthy criminal probe by DOJ. In April 2015, Menendez was indicted for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in improper gifts and campaign contributions as bribes in exchange for using his office to help Melgen.”
Committee Was Right & Menendez “Should Have” Known Better And one other thing: the committee is right. Accepting the gifts was highly unethical, especially considering Menendez’s subsequent political efforts on Melgen’s behalf, which the senator insisted were entirely unconnected. A hung jury couldn’t convict Menendez, but that doesn’t change what Menendez did. He should have known better. He knew how it would all look. But as with so many other politicians that have come before him, he just went ahead and enjoyed the spoils of office, confident, perhaps, that it wouldn’t come back to bite him.”

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