WaPo Menendez blockbuster: Hooker story was made up

The Washington Post is reporting that one of the prostitutes who claimed she had sex with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez was paid to make the false claim.

The woman appeared in a video that was posted to the Daily Caller website in November.

According to the Post, the woman confessed to police in the Dominican Republic that the story was untrue.

The Post, citing court affidavits, said the woman told police she was approached by a lawyer who asked her and a friend to make the tape.  That attorney has identified a second attorney who gave him the script for the video and paid him to find two girls to say they’d had sex with Menendez.

Menendez has vocifereously denied the claims since they surfaced in November, telling reporters they were part of the right wing smear machine.

“It’s amazing to me that anonymous, nameless, faceless individuals on a Web site can drive that type of story into the mainstream, but that’s what they’ve done successfully,” Menendez said last month. “Now, nobody can find them. No one ever met them. No one ever talked to them, but that’s where we’re at. So the bottom line is all of those smears are absolutely false and, you know, that’s the bottom line.”

The investigation of the prostitution allegations and their connection to Menendez friend and donor Salomon Melgen,  the man who allegedly supplied Menendez with the prostitutes while the two visited the Dominican Republic, led reporters to at least two occasions where Menendez sought to intervene with federal agencies on Melgen’s behalf.

According to previous reports in the New York Times and the Washington Post, Menendez sought to aid Melgen once with the Department of Homeland Security and once with a Medicare dispute that left Melgen owing the government $8 million in overbilled fees. 

WaPo Menendez blockbuster: Hooker story was made up