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The Senate Ethics Committee has “severely admonished” Sen. Robert Menendez for improperly accepting items from South Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen.
In a letter, the Ethics panel directed the Democrat from New Jersey to pay for all improper items that haven’t already been reimbursed. The panel of three Democrats and three Republicans famous that some reimbursement had already been made.
“The Committee, nevertheless, has decided that such reimbursement doesn’t erase the violation, given each the lapse of time between acceptance and reimbursement, and the circumstances that prompted your reimbursement,” the Ethics Committee wrote.
Led by Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, the Ethics Committee defined in a proper, four-page public letter of admonition dated Thursday that Menendez had not adhered to the Senate’s ethics guidelines in his relationship with Melgen, a long-time good friend and marketing campaign donor.
“You demonstrated disregard for these requirements by inserting your Senate workplace in Dr. Melgen’s service on the identical time you repeatedly accepted items of serious worth from him. Your help to Dr. Melgen below these circumstances demonstrated poor judgment, and it risked undermining the general public’s confidence within the Senate,” the Ethics Committee members wrote. “As such, your actions mirrored discredit upon the Senate.”
They didn’t recommend a further Senate sanction that may contain motion on the Senate flooring, nevertheless.
The letter famous that whereas Menendez had earlier been cleared of federal corruption charges by a federal court docket in New Jersey, the Senate operates by its personal requirements.
“The Committee thought of the truth that your felony trial didn’t lead to a conviction. The felony system, nevertheless, neither enforces nor supplants the Senate’s guidelines or requirements of conduct, and the Committee’s motion stands impartial from that consequence,” they wrote.
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