If you get all of your news from the mainstream media, you know that Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is on trial for corruption because America hates Hispanics, former DNC Chair and current Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) now shares both her last name and a signature refrain with a sergeant from the 1960’s sitcom Hogan’s Heroes, and failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is still trying to best that vast conspiracy that’s always made her life hell. Poor, poor victims.
“I have committed my entire adult life, since I was 19, to fighting for the people of New Jersey. Never, not once, have I dishonored my public office,” Menendez said in a statement before his trial began. “I started my public career fighting corruption and I have always acted in accordance with the law. I believe when all of the facts are known, I will be vindicated.”
But federal prosecutors are painting a different picture, alleging the senator more or less sold his office to Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.
“Robert Menendez was Salomon Melgen’s personal U.S. senator,” Prosecutor Peter Koski said in court last week.
The media has largely ignored the charges against the senator.
But as the trial got underway, outlets were forced to begin at least mentioning the hefty charges against Menendez.
Here’s a summation as provided by Bloomberg:
The trial began in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, with a prosecutor laying out the accusations first unveiled with the indictment of the two men in April 2015. Menendez reaped steady benefits over seven years from Melgen, a friend who sought his help to get visas for three of his foreign girlfriends, prosecutor Peter Koski said. Melgen also requested the senator’s influence when the U.S. accused him of overbilling Medicare by $8.9 million and the Dominican Republic refused to honor a contract to screen shipping containers, Koski said.
Koski said Melgen treated Menendez to trips on his private jet to Florida and the Dominican Republic, and paid for the senator and a girlfriend to stay at a luxury Paris hotel. Melgen also gave more than $750,000 to help the senator’s campaign in 2012.
What the mainstream media has been more willing to pick up on with regard to the trial are the Menendez team’s attempts to make the allegations against the senator a race matter.
Melgen’s head lawyer, Kirk Ogrosky, is saying the whole thing is an attack on American Hispanics.
“Sal and Bob were part of a fellowship of Hispanic Americans. entrepreneurs, businessmen, doctors, politicians. You’ll hear this at trial: their idea was to pay it forward, help young Hispanic Americans improve their lives, lift up their community, play a larger role in their community,” Ogrosky said. “This case isn’t only an attack on those two men. It’s an attack on that whole group.”
But don’t expect Menendez to get the same treatment from the media President Donald Trump has dealt with over Russia collusion allegations, despite a complete lack of evidence or charges against the president.
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