US Senator Bob Menendez might lose his entire credibility due to endless allegations, most of which seem to be correct. Acting like a hawk in foreign politics, Menendez is literally controlled by lobby groups. He has connections with Greek, Armenian and Jewish lobbies. Besides, he is married with an Armenian lady. Analysts argue that his full support to Armenia during the Karabakh War was because of his wife’s instructions to him.
Here is a compilation of Menendez’s scandals;
- According to The Daily Beast, William and Roberto Isaias of Ecuador were convicted by that country’s government of embezzling millions of dollars from a bank that they ran as it collapsed. The two moved to the United States, but the country hasn’t determined that the evidence of their guilt is substantial enough to warrant extradition back to Ecuador. Menendez has apparently written to the State Department and Department of Homeland Security on the brothers’ behalf, arguing that they’d been targeted for political reasons. Relatives of the brothers gave $10,000 to Menendez and $100,000 to the Democratic party in 2012 — but there’s no public evidence that a quid pro quo exists.
- The Atlantic wrote that, at the beginning of 2013, news of an investigation into Menendez’s relationship with Salomon Melgen, an ophthalmologist in Florida, broke. Melegen is under investigation by the government for allegedly overbilling Medicareto the tune of $8.9 million. Menendez intervened on his behalf as that investigation unfolded.
- Another scandal involves 18-year-old Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta—an illegal Peruvian immigrant, registered sex offender, and former unpaid intern for Menendez’s 2012 Senate reelection campaign. Sanchez was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on December 6, 2012, but the Associated Press reported that ICE had planned to arrest him back on October 25 but was asked by the Department of Homeland Security to hold off till after the election. A DHS spokesman dismissed the report as “categorically false,” and Menendez’s office denied knowing anything about DHS’s alleged interference or the intern’s legal status (Source: The Daily Beast)
- Menendez also paid visits to the Dominican Republic to engage with underage prostitutes.