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Soundbounder
03-04-2013, 08:38 PM
Escort says Menendez prostitution claims were made up


An escort who appeared on a video claiming Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) paid her for sex has told Dominican Republic police that she was instead paid to make up the claims in a tape recording and has never met or seen the senator before, according to court documents and two people briefed on her claim.

The woman identified a lawyer who approached her and a friend to make the videotape, according to affidavits obtained by the Post. That man has in turn identified another lawyer who gave him a script for the tape and paid him to find women to fabricate the claims, the affidavits say.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/escort-says-menendez-prostitution-claims-were-made-up/2013/03/04/31299fe2-8514-11e2-999e-5f8e0410cb9d_story.html

Soundbounder
03-04-2013, 08:42 PM
The Daily Caller report quoted the women saying Menendez had sex with them at the Dominican Republic condo of his friend and campaign donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen. Menendez’s relationship with Melgen was put under scrutiny after the FBI raided Melgen’s Florida office. Menendez admitted failing to disclose two flights on Melgen’s private jet to the Dominican Republic and reimbursing Melgen $58,500 two years later. Subsequent reports detailed how Menendez sought to help Melgen’s business interests on several occasions.

But the Post reported the FBI was never able to substantiate the prostitution claims, which were expanded on later by an anonymous tipster known as Peter Williams. Williams contacted the group Citizens for Responsibility in Ethics and Washington, who in turn informed ABC News and the FBI of the allegations.

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/03/prostitute_linked_to_menendez.html#incart_river_de fault

Soundbounder
03-05-2013, 08:28 AM
The request came weeks before Menendez was re-elected to the Senate. Menendez has pointed out the timing as evidence that the allegations are part of a political smear campaign.

Galván said he was asked to find women to record videos. He turned to de los Santos, who was supposed to ask a friend to also record a video. They met at Jumbo, an upscale grocery and department store in La Romana, according to the testimony.
De los Santos was supposed to pose as a female “companion” of Melgen at his house in Casa de Campo, an exclusive tourism development outside of La Romana, according to her testimony.

“He claimed he would pay her $500, but only paid $100,” Galván said in his testimony.

De los Santos said she never consented to record the video and that it was recorded with a hidden camera. However, in The Daily Caller video, in which she is allegedly the woman wearing green whose face is blurred out, she appears wearing an earpiece and answering questions.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/04/3266938/alleged-prostitute-recants-story.html

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/04/3266938/alleged-prostitute-recants-story.html#storylink=cpy

LeeG
03-05-2013, 09:05 AM
Oh gosh this will really hurt Tucker Carlson's credibility

John of Phoenix
03-05-2013, 09:54 AM
This is the first I've heard his name in years. I'm thinking that he's thinking, "There's no such thing as bad publicity."

Does he still wear that silly bow tie? What a dud.
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FBI agents conducting interviews in the Dominican Republic have found no evidence to back up the tipster’s allegations, according to two people briefed on their work.Why does the FBI get involved in something like this?

Ian McColgin
03-05-2013, 02:00 PM
It will be fun to learn exactly which side, a rival Democrat or a Republican, got this fraud going. I hope whoever did it gets found out.

hanleyclifford
03-05-2013, 02:02 PM
It will be fun to find out which story was the fake.

Concordia 33
03-05-2013, 02:12 PM
By the title of your thread, I was trying to figure out why this was such big news. I think it was assumed by most :)

Ian McColgin
03-05-2013, 02:16 PM
Which "which story."

While investigating Dr. Melgen, the FBI uncovered three threads: Menendez's use of Dr. Melgen's plane and taking two years to reimburse; Menendez doing some legislative stuff that could favor a constituent; and Menendez using a hooker. Threads one and two are factually non-controversial and did not lead to any chargable crime. The hooker bit was subject to major FBI doubt as they investigated and now they have it for sure that was a set up. The only remaining issue is who did the setting up.

hanleyclifford
03-05-2013, 02:22 PM
The testimony of a hooker is always questionable. Selling is what she does.

Ian McColgin
03-05-2013, 02:29 PM
Of course if the FBI had stopped with the hooker, one might be in equal doubt as to whether she did or didn't do Menendez. The FBI has managed to move up the chain to her direct employer and that person's contact. The hooker's credibility is irrelevant, however the credulity of those determined to think Menendez was guilty of getting paid sex remains of some faint interest.

Soundbounder
03-05-2013, 02:33 PM
The talk radio crowd continues to amaze me.

At first they were up-in-arms claiming the media wasn't paying enough attention to this story. Now that it's falling apart, they reverse course and blame the media for fabricating the fabrication.

Soundbounder
03-05-2013, 02:35 PM
The testimony of a hooker is always questionable. Selling is what she does.And yet you, Michelle Malkin and Tucker Carlson all believed her until 24 hours ago.

Why the change of heart? What gives.......bad experience at the massage parlor? :confused:

Soundbounder
03-05-2013, 02:38 PM
By the title of your thread, I was trying to figure out why this was such big news. I think it was assumed by most :)

My other choice was Hooker Lied On Menendez.

I've always had a secret desire to write tabloid headlines :p

Ted Hoppe
03-05-2013, 02:40 PM
i thought they paid hooker to go away not to talk. Perhaps the hooker got paid twice. once for doing the act then again for not saying she did. very confusing details in a TMZ moment. It can't be real unless Gloria Allred shows up to protect this working girl from these evil men.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-URdRKDlAYBA/T1maO-D0y3I/AAAAAAAAIMc/c20Ois1DQZg/s1600/gloria-allred-woods-caser.jpg

Soundbounder
03-05-2013, 03:10 PM
ABC News Passed on Menendez "Sex Scandal" Because It Couldn't Prove It. What Kind of Journalism Is That?


After The Daily Caller reported on two Dominican prostitutes' allegations against Sen. Bob Menendez, and the mainstream media didn't run with the story, conservative wags responded in a familiar way. The problem surely wasn't with the story. The problem was with the media. After the election, as reporters gabbed about the story, we learned two things: That ABC News had been given this story and passed on it, and that New Jersey Republicans had been trying to get these goods into the hands of reporters.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2013/03/05/abc_news_passed_on_menendez_sex_scandal_because_it _couldn_t_prove_it_what.html


Here's ABC News' take on why they passed:

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/woman-paid-lie-claim-sex-senator-menendez/story?id=18653773

htom
03-05-2013, 03:53 PM
... and now the Daily Caller says that the Washington Post is talking to the wrong prostitutes.

Soundbounder
03-05-2013, 04:43 PM
... and now the Daily Caller says that the Washington Post is talking to the wrong prostitutes.

The Daily Caller said the prostitute gave a different name when it interviewed her over the internet videoconferencing service Skype. ABC News, however, said that Santos Santana told the network her name was Michelle Rodriguez.


The Daily Caller also said that the women it interviewed were 24 years old, while Santos Santana is 23; and noted that in her affidavit Santos Santana said she did not know the interview was taped, but the women the Daily Caller spoke with wore earpieces and looked into the camera.


The Daily Caller, however, acknowledged that there may have been a third woman prepared to give an interview when the laptop being used in the Dominican Republic ran out of battery power.

Star Ledger
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/03/robert_menendez_escort.html#incart_river_default


Meanwhile:

Asked for a response to these statements, Washington Post spokesperson Kris Coratti referred POLITICO to Leonnig's initial line about reaching out to Carlson. Asked if she stood by that reporting, Coratti replied in the affirmative.
"We stand by that and our reporting," she said.

Politico
http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/03/wapo-stands-firm-against-daily-caller-158481.html

hanleyclifford
03-05-2013, 08:26 PM
And yet you, Michelle Malkin and Tucker Carlson all believed her until 24 hours ago.

Why the change of heart? What gives.......bad experience at the massage parlor? :confused: Were you in Chu Lai in 1971?:)

ccmanuals
03-05-2013, 08:30 PM
Fox News has gone silent after questions emerged casting serious doubt on a Daily Caller report that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) paid women for sex in the Dominican Republic, a report that Fox News hyped during at least 22 segments.
The Washington Post reported (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/escort-says-menendez-prostitution-claims-were-made-up/2013/03/04/31299fe2-8514-11e2-999e-5f8e0410cb9d_print.html) on March 4 that a woman who appeared in a video claiming Menendez paid her for sex now says that she was paid to make those claims, claims she now denies, as part of an effort to frame Menendez. Menendez has denied the allegations, first reported in November 2012 by the Daily Caller.
Fox News has yet to discuss the latest developments that undermine what the Daily Caller has reported for months. By contrast, Fox aggressively hyped the uncorroborated allegations when they were being pushed by the Daily Caller, discussing them during at least 22 segments since November 2012, according to a search of the Nexis database.

Soundbounder
03-06-2013, 01:11 PM
ABC News blows up Menendez story


The ABC News story isn’t a game changer; it’s a game ender.

Now we know why ABC News omitted any mention of these allegations: They knew stuff, and they had their doubts.
In a post today on the ABC News site, Rhonda Schwartz and Brian Ross deliver a few details that upend a Nov. 1 Daily Caller story (http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/01/women-sen-bob-menendez-paid-us-for-sex-in-the-dominican-republic/) alleging that Menendez paid for sex in the Dominican Republic. That story consisted of interviews with two alleged prostitutes who attested to having conducted transactions with the senator.

It looks as if ABC News got the same spiel as the Daily Caller. In her story, Schwartz-Ross say that ABC News received back-to-back interviews with the Daily Caller with three women who leveled the allegations against Menendez. As the Washington Post reported (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/escort-says-menendez-prostitution-claims-were-made-up/2013/03/04/31299fe2-8514-11e2-999e-5f8e0410cb9d_story.html)yesterday, one of those women has recanted the story and says that the whole operation was an effort to frame Menendez and a friend and donor from Florida, Dr. Salomon Melgen.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2013/03/05/abc-news-blows-up-menendez-story/

Ian McColgin
03-06-2013, 01:17 PM
I'm waiting for Rush to explain to us all how the whole frame is a Democratic plot made to look like a clumsey Republican plot to confuse the FBI because Dr Melgen was about to expose the Medicaid fraud of someone who was not a close friend of the governor . . . .

Or visa versa.

David W Pratt
03-06-2013, 03:57 PM
Don't they always?

Soundbounder
03-06-2013, 04:07 PM
don't they always?
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