Ya know something. We usually don’t use our research skills on the DC Sex Scandals, because, well, quite frankly, they all do it. But something about this damn CNN interview with Menendez pulling the Weiner routine just irked us. Why they gotta lie?
It does not take more than a few hours of research to find the hookers/escorts/companions used by both Salomon Melgen (the rich Democrat supporter) and Senator Menendez. Ya, just gotta know where to look for them. Here is one of them on video, yes video. Her name is Svitlana Buchyk, she also goes by Lana Buchyk.
Stacy McCain and Breitbart have been on the story along with the DC Caller:
(Via Robert Stacy McCain) The shadowy (and probably pseudonymous) tipster “Peter Williams” gave specific details about the prostitutes who were allegedly provided to New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez in the Dominican Republic. Two Miami Herald reporters, Kathleen McGrory and Melissa Sanchez, traveled to Santo Domingo to check out the story and, while they were unable to locate the prostitutes, they were able to confirm certain details:
[S]hreds of evidence in Santo Domingo show that, at the very least, the women Williams described exist. Take an apartment in Santo Domingo’s upscale Gazcue neighborhood that Williams said was used for sexual liaisons. In April emails to a watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Williams alleged that Dr. Salomon Melgen, a friend and major campaign donor to Menendez, rented a unit for a Brazilian prostitute named Maria and a Colombian prostitute named Geraldine. The apartment exists.
When reached by phone, the landlady said that two young women named Geraldine and Maria had indeed lived there last year, and said the nationalities matched. However, the landlady, who declined to be named, did not believe the women to be prostitutes — she said she thought they were beautiful foreign exchange students — and had never heard of Menendez or Melgen visiting the apartment. But she complained that the women had nearly destroyed the unit, even leaving the wallpaper torn up when they abandoned the apartment last year. “They behaved very badly,” she said. The apartment has since been rented to others and is now back on the market for $1,000 a month.
You can read the whole thing. The details confirmed by the two Miami Herald reporters are important because — as anyone with experience chasing this kind of story would tell you — if the story were totally bogus, basic facts like names and addresses wouldn’t check out.
A bogus story would have make-believe girls at non-existent addresses, but instead this story has the little details right. The fact that the women have now “disappeared,” as McGrory and Sanchez report, isn’t particularly surprising, nor is it surprising that the landlady (a) thought the hookers were “foreign exchange students” and (b) didn’t know the names of their alleged clients.
The original source of the scandal surrounding Melgen and New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, a tipster who goes by “Peter Williams,” first told ABC News’ Rhonda Schwartz about this woman in early 2012. “Williams” identified her as “Svetlana B.”
“This girl is one of the most regular participants in the activities the Doctor arranges for the Senator,” the tipster “Williams” wrote to Schwartz in June 2012 in an email later published online and in the Miami Herald, about the Russian woman. “She has traveled with them in the jet, sailed with them in the yacht, and has repeatedly visited the Doctor’s house.”
Melgen, a wealthy ophthalmologist and frequent donor to high-level national Democrats, employed Buchyk at one time. She confirmed her previous employment with Melgen in an interview with The Miami Herald but would not say what services she provided for him.
“He treated me well,” Buchyk added. “He had money. He was very generous.”
Under the photo of Buchyk exiting the plane—which she posted on her Flickr account—she wrote a caption: “On my way home yeayyyyy.”
Her Flickr account was opened in May 2012 and the photo was posted on May 9, 2012. That time frame is around when the tipster “Williams” began communicating with ABC’s Schwartz and the George Soros-funded Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). (continue reading)
However, there is another link within the reporting if you follow DC Politics and save research files. At the bottom of the original report from the Daily Caller you find this:
[...] Menendez’s 2012 public schedule shows no events listed for Easter or the following three days. Aircraft records obtained by TheDC show that Melgen’s plane left Florida the morning of Easter Sunday this year, stopped at the Teterboro private airport near Menendez’s home in New Jersey, and flew on to the Dominican Republic.
Two days later it returned to the United States from a private airport near Casa de Campo. (link)
Casa De Campo? Hmmmm…. sound familiar? The favorite vacation spot for Bubba Clinton. Why they were even headed there for New Years, well, before the flu, slip, fall, hit head, get blood clot thing.