Menendez
By Roger Stone According in the Newark Star Ledger, New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez is working with Senator Frank Lautenberg to evaluate and interview candidates for US Attorney for New Jersey. In view of the fact that the US Attorney's office issued subpoenas for records of a real estate deal involving the junior senator from Hudson County, is investigating consulting contracts tied to the Jersey City Medical Center, and examining Menendez's relationship with a former staffer who is now a lobbyist, Menendez should recuse himself from this sensitive process. It is important to note that the US Attorney's office has declined to say that the investigation into Senator Menendez has been closed. It is wholly inappropriate for Senator Menendez to have a hand in selecting the prosecutor who may determine whether or not Menendez should be prosecuted in these matters. There are three candidates thought to be under consideration. They include defense lawyer John Azzarello, who served as counsel to the 9/11 Commission; defense lawyer Alberto Rivas, who was a federal monitor for New Jersey's racial profiling consent decree, and John Vazquez, who recently stepped down as First Assistant to NJ State Attorney General Anne Milgram. As long as Senator Menendez is under a cloud, he should separate himself from this process and let Senator Lautenberg make the recommendations to the Administration of President Barack Obama for the US Attorney's post.