“They took away my dignity,” Melgen said. “They portrayed me as a greedy guy who was with politicians for the quid pro quo.”
Both Menendez and Melgen have regularly referred to their long term friendship when defending their behavior.
“Dr. Melgen has been a friend and political supporter of Senator Menendez for many years,” an aide told The New York Times in January.
“The senator and I have become like brothers, like friends,” Melgen told Bloomberg.
I talk to him weekly. I see him once a month. Not right now, since this whole thing has started. But we enjoy each other’s company,” he said. “He could do great things for this country, especially as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.”