Did Bob Menendez trade DR sexytime for help in a Medicare investigation?

We already know they like to party together. And that they both have a keen interest in the local flora and fauna of the Dominican Republican. And, allegedly, that they both similarly enjoy the company of underage hotties, which they reach with the shared use of a private plane.

But it seems that Sen. Robert Menendez and Dr. Salomon Melgen have other things in common, most notably that they both enjoy complaining to authorities about Dr. Melgen’s trouble with authorities after the good doctor allegedly over-billed Medicare by a whopping $8.9 million dollars.

Sen. Robert Menendez raised concerns with top federal health-care officials twice in recent years about their finding that a Florida eye doctor — a close friend and major campaign donor — had overbilled the government by $8.9 million for care at his clinic, Menendez aides said Wednesday.

Menendez (D-N.J.) initially contacted federal officials in 2009 about the government’s audit of Salomon Melgen, complaining to the director overseeing Medicare payments that it was unfair to penalize the doctor because the billing rules were ambiguous, the aides said.

Yes, as ambiguous as a private jet’s flight plan.

UPDATE: Let’s hear from Bob himself on the horrors of Caribbean prostitution operations.

Damn, Bob. That sounds terrible.

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