Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez will be facing criminal corruption charges, according to CNN:
Washington (CNN)The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat, alleging he used his Senate office to push the business interests of a Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts.
People briefed on the case say Attorney General Eric Holder has signed off on prosecutors’ request to proceed with charges, CNN has learned exclusively. An announcement could come within weeks. Prosecutors are under pressure in part because of the statute of limitation on some of the allegations.
The case could pose a high-profile test of the Justice Department’s ability to prosecute sitting lawmakers, having already spawned a legal battle over whether key evidence the government has gathered is protected by the Constitution’s Speech and Debate clause.
This news prompted a deluge of crowing and boasting from our stalker pal Chuck C. Johnson, claiming that he’s “vindicated.”
There’s more in this vein, but here’s the thing — Chuck’s “reporting” on Menendez had absolutely nothing to do with these charges. Chuck and Matt Boyle published an article at the Daily Caller alleging that Menendez had paid under-age prostitutes in the Dominican Republic for “sex parties” — an allegation that was subsequently completely debunked. Again from CNN:
Other lines of inquiry against Menendez had included allegations he solicited prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, and that he violated the law helping win permanent U.S. residency for two Ecuadorian banking magnates, the Isaias brothers. The prostitution allegations collapsed after the purported prostitutes recanted their story, and the FBI didn’t find evidence of wrongdoing in the Isaias matter, according to people briefed on the probe.
So uh, Chuck? You’re not “vindicated” at all! In fact, these charges actually point out once again what a massive fail your smear piece was.
UPDATE at 3/6/15 1:01:40 pm by Charles Johnson