If you were a senior United States Senator like Harry Reid, you do not want your name coming up in court proceedings of any kind. That really holds true when there are government corruption charges being leveled and you may be part of the action. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is being tried on Medicare fraud charges. The good Senator Reid appeared to have been trying to get the charges dropped using his Senatorial influence. This could even be considered obstruction of justice in some circles.
As Written By Ken Klukowski for Breitbart:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) pushed the Obama White House to help Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) in getting the federal government to back off a Medicare fraud criminal scheme involving a major Menendez supporter, efforts for which Menendez will stand trial in federal court next week on public corruption charges.
Dr. Salomon Melgen is a wealthy ophthalmologist in Florida who is also a backer of Menendez. A division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) during the Obama administration investigated Melgen for Medicare fraud. Menendez unsuccessfully tried to get HHS to drop the investigation. Melgen was found to have overcharged Medicare on a massive scale, and was ordered to repay $8.9 million to the U.S. government.
In 2012, while the HHS investigation was ongoing, it became public that Menendez had received free gifts from Melgen that were not reported on Menendez’s financial disclosure forms, as required both by federal law and by Senate rules.
Specifically, prosecutors later discovered, Menendez had received trips on Melgen’s private jet. “Once exposed, on January 4, 2013, Menendez wrote a $58,500 check to cover two roundtrip flights, more than two years after Menendez took them in 2010,” the Trump-Sessions Justice Department explained in a trial brief filed on August 30 in federal court.
The New Jersey senator’s office issued a statement, saying that he had traveled on …….
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