The office of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) said on Tuesday that it had reimbursed a Florida political donor and friend $58,500 on Jan. 4 for the cost of two trips to the Dominican Republic, which the Senator took in 2010, per the AP:
More details about the New Jersey senator’s trips emerged as his office said unsubstantiated allegations that the senator engaged in sex with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic are false.
There had been no public disclosure of the two trips until now.
“The senator paid for the two trips out of his personal account and no reporting requirements apply,” Menendez spokeswoman Tricia Enright said Wednesday night.
The FBI searched the West Palm Beach, Fla., office of the donor — eye doctor Salomon Melgen — on Tuesday night and early Wednesday, but it was unclear if the raid was related to Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat.