Sen. Bob Menendez denies helping political donor currently under federal investigation

In an interview with Telemundo’s Lori Montenegro, New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez  denied helping a political donor who is currently under federal investigation.

“In the case of Medicare, we did not interfere in one particular case.” said Menendez. “We asked questions to health officials about the politically confusing and ambiguous process in which a doctor can make claims to medicare.”

The Senator, who currently serves as the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, faces allegations that he interceded on behalf of the Dominican eye-doctor Salomon Melgen in the midst of a federal investigation over Medicare fraud.

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“To think that I would interfere in an investigation to provoke a different outcome is absurd,” said Menendez.

Menendez  claims he doesn’t know where Melgen is and has not been in communication with him. He goes on to explain that all of his actions as a Senator have been legal and ethical and for that reason he will not resign from his post.

Menendez once again refuted allegations made by a conservative publication claiming that he hired an underage prostitute during a trip to the Dominican Republic.

“They can ask me that question 100 different ways but the truth is that the allegations are not true,” said Menendez.

The rest of the interview will air on Enfoque with Jose Diaz Balart, Sunday at noon.

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