Menendez Intervention May Have Damaged Anti-Cocaine Efforts

Charles Schumer, Robert Menendez

If the mainstream media, including both the New York Times and CNN, have seemed more eager than usual to entertain corruption accusations against a powerful Democrat, that may be because new details are emerging that are tough to ignore. The Times, which called upon Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to be relieved of his chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, now points to a possible link to anti-cocaine efforts.

In an article appearing in Monday’s edition, Times reporters Eric Lipton and William K. Rashbaum highlight Menendez’s apparent public intervention in July 2012 on behalf of a friend, Dr. Salomon Mengen, who had taken over a contract to provide port security in the Dominican Republic. As documented Feb. 6 by Breitbart News’ Michael Patrick Leahy, Menendez pressed the State Department to protect Mengen’s contract rights.

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