This little Republican-crafted Fauxgate was all the rage a few short weeks ago — until the alleged star witnesses recanted their tales:
A pair of FBI agents met on a recent weekday morning with brothers Alfonso “Alfy” and Jose “Pepe” Fanjul in the Palm Beach headquarters of their sugar and real estate empire.
The investigators’ questions struck a discordant note in the Fanjuls’ sunlit offices overlooking a yacht-filled waterway, according to three people familiar with the meeting: Were the brothers or any of their associates familiar with a plot to bring down a United States senator?
Months after the FBI began probing allegations against Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), investigators are looking at whether someone set out to smear him while he was running for reelection last year and then ascending to his new post as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, according to four people briefed on the inquiry.
Now who was one of the people who was most assiduously pushing the smear? That’s right, Roger Stone, the GOP’s sleaziest operative over the age of sixty. (I’d normally give the title to him outright, but Stone has this pesky streak of decency in him that pops up every now and then, so the award must go instead to James O’Keefe, whose only streaks are probably those left inside his underwear.) But since the onset of the Federales’ involvement, he’s been singing a slightly different tune:
With speculation mounting over who was behind the allegations, several prominent figures have sought to assure Menendez that they were not responsible for the prostitution allegations.
Longtime Republican operative Roger Stone called a mutual acquaintance, who then relayed a message to Menendez, according to people familiar with the call: Stone had not been the source of the accusations.
In an interview, Stone acknowledged that he didn’t like Menendez and said he has been working on a report for his Web site, the Stone Zone, calling into question whether the Dominican women had actually recanted the prostitution allegations.
“As far as I’m concerned, whether those allegations are true or false is still an open question,” he said.
But Stone stressed, “I don’t know who the originator is.”
Gee, it’s all fun and games until the FBI gets involved, eh, Roger?
“Still an open question”? That’s not what you were saying back on November 1 of last year:
More hookers engaged by Sen. Bob Menendez will surface shortly. #NewJersey
And that’s not what you said in this tweet from March 24 of this year (emphases mine):
Menendez? WaPo will be proven wrong- Daily Caller/Tucker Carlson will be proven right- Menendez banged hookers in DR
So which is it, Roger? Were you lying then, or are you lying now?