“For nearly three years I’ve lived under a Justice Department cloud and today I am outraged that this cloud has not been lifted.
“I’m outraged that prosecutors at the Justice Department were tricked into starting this investigation three years ago with false allegations by those who have a political motive to silence me, but I will not be silenced. I’m confident – at the end of the day – I will be vindicated and they will be exposed.
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As we have seen in so many cases – from former HUD secretary Mike Espy’s in 1999 to former senator Ted Stevens in 2007 to former senator John Edwards two years ago – prosecutors in the Justice Department often get it wrong. These charges are the latest mistakes.
This investigation started with false and salacious allegations made by political and other opponents of Senator Menendez; it was fueled by heavy-handed actions of agents pressuring witnesses; and then it had more than its fair share of improper leaks to the press. I have asked the Justice Department to investigate this misconduct and I can only hope they do so with as much vigor and as many resources they have used against Senator Menendez.