Days after documents surfaced that suggested New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez paid for sexual favors in the Dominican Republic — including some from girls as young as 16 — few in Washington are offering new clues about what appears to be an ongoing federal investigation.
The documents included emails between FBI Special Agent Regino Chavez and a Dominican source. In one email, Chavez told the source that “we have been able to confirm most of” the information he had provided about Menendez and the prostitutes. “We know that you are providing accurate information.” (RELATED: Emails show FBI investigating Menendez for sleeping with underage Dominican prostitutes)
But the FBI had no comment for Fox News on Saturday.
ABC News chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz, who had Menendez on a nationally televised hot seat Sunday morning, failed to ask him about the accusations. A yes-or-no question — and a hasty denial — would likely have put the controversy to bed, or at least cast serious doubt on the authenticity or veracity of the documents that The Daily Caller first reported on Friday.
A spokeswoman for Menendez called TheDC’s story “the same unsubstantiated garbage that’s been peddled for months” Friday, in a statement to Fox News.
Menendez press secretary Tricia Enright hasn’t responded to an email TheDC sent her Saturday morning seeking additional comment.
“We substantiated the story in November with two living, breathing women who said on video that your boss paid them for sex,” TheDC wrote Enright. “For the record, are you saying that those two women are liars?” (RELATED VIDEO: Women say Sen. Bob Menendez paid them for sex in the Dominican Republic)
A high-ranking official in the government of the Dominincan Republic confirmed for TheDC in November that Menendez has been attending alcohol-fueled sex parties hosted for many years in that country by his longtime donor Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist.
Menendez, the Dominincan government official predicted just two months ago, would likely “den[y] it to try to save his political reputation.”
“In the Dominican Republic, having these kinds of affairs is very common,” the official said then.
The documents that surfaced last week include the hand-written testimony of a 19-year-old woman who alleges she had sex with Menendez when she was 16.
“In 2009 I saw Bob [Menendez] three times at least. The first one in February, and then in May and June,” she said, according to a translated transcript of an interview with the source of the documents.
“I recall his visit in June so well because that month was my 17th birthday. Then we met twice one in May 2010 and then in December 2011. … I was underage when I met him. But I can’t say for sure whether he knew it or not.”