Robert Menendez Personally Lobbied for Visas, Former Aide Testifies

NEWARK — Senator Robert Menendez took a personal interest in obtaining visas for three women who were acquaintances of a wealthy friend and donor, directing senior members of his staff to take up the issue, a former aide to Mr. Menendez testified on Monday.

The aide, Mark E. Lopes, a former senior policy adviser to Mr. Menendez, said in federal court here that he helped lobby for the visa applications for a woman from Brazil and two sisters from the Dominican Republic after their applications had been initially denied. The women had personal relationships with the donor, Dr. Salomon …read more

Source: New York Times

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