- The Washington Times - Friday, March 15, 2013

A Miami federal grand jury is investigating Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez for allegations that he improperly used his congressional muscle to benefit a wealthy campaign donor who was a friend.

The Associated Press reports that federal agents are interviewing witnesses who might shed light on Mr. Menendez’s relationship with Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor who also served as a flight companion on trips to the Dominican Republic.

Mr. Menendez has repeatedly denied any improprieties — which have also included allegations reported by The Daily Caller that the senator engaged in a dalliance with a prostitute while on vacation with Dr. Melgen in the Dominican Republic.

The AP reports that a grand jury has issued subpoenas for Dr. Melgen’s business records, but that agents have not yet contacted Mr. Menendez for direct questioning.

AP also reports that Dr. Melgen’s attorney, Kirk Ogrosky, is not worried about the investigation.

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