Grand Jury Investigating Sen. Menendez
A federal grand jury in Miami is investigating Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., examining his role in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy donor and friend, the Washington Post reported, citing three people aware of the inquiry. Menendez has intervened in matters affecting the financial interests of Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, documents and interviews show. Also, Menendez’s office has said he interceded with federal health care officials after they said that Melgen had overbilled the U.S. government for care at his clinic. As part of the grand jury investigation, the three people said, federal agents have questioned witnesses about the interactions between Menendez and Melgen, who contributed $700,000 last year to Menendez and other Senate Democrats.