Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Dominican Republic woman testifies Sen. Menendez helped her with visa


The alleged former Dominican girlfriend of a wealthy donor on trial for bribery with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez testified Tuesday that her visa application was initially denied and then approved expeditiously after the donor told her he would "fix it" by reaching out to "the senator."

Rosiell Polanco-Suera testified Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen said he was "going to fix it" by talking to Menendez. She said that at the first visa interview in 2008, she and her sister, who also sought a visa, waited for hours and were treated abruptly. At the second interview, she said, they had little or no wait and the visa was approved that day.

A former Menendez staffer testified Monday that the senator told him to "call the ambassador" after the sisters' first application was denied. Prosecutors are seeking to show it was Menendez's improper influence that pushed the visa through.

Menendez is charged with accepting bribes from Melgen in exchange for helping his friend with business disputes and with the visas, which an indictment claims were for Melgen's girlfriends. Both men faced multiple fraud and bribery charges.

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