WASHINGTON, D.C. | DMN — The Daily Caller is reporting on an email exchange between an FBI agent and a source who claims that Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, hired underage prostitutes during repeated trips to the Dominican Republic between 2008 and 2011. The girls that 59-year-old Menendez allegedly hired for sex, according to the emails, were as young as 16. Prostitution is legal in the Dominican Republic but the legal age of consent is 18. Menendez, a divorced father of two, has denied the allegations.
In its story, the Daily Caller cites dozens of emails between the agent, Regino E. Chavez, and a source named Peter Williams. David Martosko, the executive editor of the Daily Caller, linked to a website from the story where the email exchanges have been published. The website appears to have been created within the last 24 hours. Calls to Chavez were not returned on Friday. According to the published email exchange, Chavez reached out to Williams in August of 2012 concerning information about Menendez’s activities in the Dominican Republic, which Williams had reported to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
Identifying himself as a special agent who works cases involving crimes against children, Chavez asked for Williams’ help tracking down the women who claimed to have engaged in sex with the senator for money. ‘If you can give me … information on all the young ladies who were victimized that would be helpful,’ Chavez wrote in an email on Sept. 12, 2012, about one month after their initial correspondence. ‘As far as the information you have provided, we have been able to confirm most of it. We know that you are providing accurate information and that is why it is imperative for us to meet in person with you and with all of those involved.’
Chavez and Williams exchanged dozens more emails over the next couple months, in which Chavez repeatedly asked Williams to meet with him in person or call him on the phone but Williams continuously evaded him. Even when Chavez offered to take a trip to the Dominican Republic in December, Williams turned him down. ‘I am holding off on traveling to the Dominican Republican until I hear from you,’ Chavez wrote on Dec. 19. ‘We both know how important this investigation is and I think you would agree with me that it is imperative that you and I meet as soon as possible. Please let me know when we can meet, or at least give me a cal so you and I can establish a closer working relationship.’
A week later, Williams turned him down for a meeting. ‘I agree our meeting is increasingly important,’ Williams wrote Dec. 25. ‘I keep working hard on the investigation, but I’m having some inconvenient [sic] with some people who were collaborating with me on this. It is utterly essential that I solve these problems out before our long-expected meeting.’ While the FBI shows interest in the investigation throughout the emails, the agent appears only to be checking out a possible lead from an increasingly uncooperative source. The Daily Caller first reported on the allegations of Menendez’s sexual misconduct in November 2012, just before the election. Two women claiming to have engaged in sex for money with Menendez came forward in video interviews with the news website. One woman claimed she was celebrating her 17th birthday when she met Menendez. Menendez won re-election by 18 points shortly after the story was published.