An indignant Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez on Wednesday fired again at his Republican opponent for airing a brand new advert reviving salacious allegations that the senator had intercourse with underage prostitutes throughout previous journeys to the Dominican Republic — calling the claims “lies.”
“I’m going to maintain my remarks temporary as a result of I’m anxious about what language I’d use,” a fired-up Menendez stated at a Hackensack information convention, surrounded by feminine supporters.
The New Jersey senator known as the advert from Republican opponent Bob Hugin “despicable” and “determined.”
“These are lies,” Menendez stated. “I do know it. You recognize it. And Bob Hugin rattling positive is aware of it as effectively.”
Menendez has lengthy denied the allegations as a smear since they first surfaced on a information web site in 2012.
“It stoops so low with its bogus lies that it would as effectively been directed by Donald Trump himself,” the Democratic senator stated.
Menendez’s press convention got here after Hugin, a rich pharmaceutical government, started airing the explosive tv advert this week that cites papers filed in federal courtroom by prosecutors in 2015 acknowledging the FBI probed the prostitution allegations as a part of its corruption case towards Menendez.
“It’s proper right here on this surprising FBI affidavit,” the advert’s narrator says. “President Obama’s Justice Division had proof that for a number of years, Senator Menendez had been touring to the Dominican Republic to interact in sexual exercise with prostitutes – a few of whom had been minors.”
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Prosecutors declined to deliver prices associated to the prostitution claims, although they did pursue a bribery case towards him. A mistrial was declared final 12 months after the jury failed to succeed in a verdict in that case.
In 2015 courtroom papers, prosecutors stated the FBI investigated Menendez and donor Salomon Melgen after being offered “with particular, corroborated allegations” that they had intercourse with underage prostitutes, although they determined towards bringing any prices on these claims. (Melgen was later convicted in a separate Medicare fraud case, and sentenced to 17 years in jail.)
“Offered with particular, corroborated allegations that defendants Menendez and Melgen had intercourse with underage prostitutes within the Dominican Republic, the Authorities responsibly and dutifully investigated these severe allegations,” the papers said, in response to claims from the defendants that the allegations had been “false” and tainted the case.
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The prosecutors additionally wrote: “Confronted with corroborating proof of such severe crimes, it might have been an inexcusable abdication of accountability to not examine these allegations.”
The Hugin advert’s narrator additionally takes a swing at Menendez over claims made on the time by Menendez’s legal professionals, as documented within the 2015 courtroom submitting, who argued “such simply disprovable” allegations of cavorting with underage prostitutes “would hardly be a federal crime even had it been true.”
“As an preliminary matter, it’s most actually a federal crime to go away the nation for the aim of partaking in a business intercourse act with a minor, and the defendants’ suggestion on the contrary is unsettling,” prosecutors wrote in response.
New Jersey hasn’t elected a Republican to the Senate in 46 years. However Hugin has been spending hundreds of thousands on damaging advertisements reminding voters of Menendez’s previous ethics troubles.
An indication that Democrats are taking Hugin’s problem severely: the Senate Majority PAC, which is aligned with Senate Democratic Chief Chuck Schumer, introduced plans to spend $three million this week on anti-Hugin advertisements.