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The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal charges against Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., for allegedly using his position to support the business interests of a donor and friend, CNN first reported on Friday.
Attorney General Eric Holder already signed off on prosecutors’ request to pursue charges on the allegations — some of which might pass the statute of limitations, the network said.
The potential charges reportedly stem from the politician’s friendship with Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, who has donated to Menendez and associated committees.
Menendez, who has been one of the most vocal democrats opposing President Obama’s decisions regarding two governments with hostile relationships with the United States: Iran and Cuba, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in his association with Melgen.
The New Jersey politician does not approve of Obama pursuing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear capabilities or loosening the embargo against Cuba.
CNN says an announcement could come within the next few weeks. A law enforcement official confirmed the pending charges, the result of a two-year investigation, to the New York Times.
The investigation was launched after a woman said Melgen paid for Menendez to visit underage prostitutes during a trip to the Dominican Republic, according to the broadsheet.
JG: The U.S. Senate ought to expel this major Democratic Party crook!
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