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Dick Morris: Timing on Menendez Indictment 'Suspicious'

By    |   Thursday, 02 April 2015 03:16 PM

The timing of New Jersey Democrat Sen. Robert Menendez's indictment by the Justice Department is "really suspicious," says veteran political analyst Dick Morris.

"My first concern about the indictment is the timing," Morris told John Bachman and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Thursday.

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"He's been under investigation for four years. Four years ago, in a book, my wife and I wrote about the charges for which he was indicted today, and I deeply suspect his linkage to the Iran nuclear talks when Menendez has been the leading opponent of that treaty, as the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, the former chairman using quite a position as the ranking Democrat to oppose that treaty." he explained.

"This could well be a movement to cut his legs off so that he can't lead that opposition," said Morris, author of "Power Grab: Obama's Dangerous Plan for a One-Party Nation".

"In terms of the substance of the charges, the reason he's coming out swinging is that when the Justice Department last indicted a senator, Sen. Ted Stevens, who was running for re-election in Alaska and caused him to be thrown out of office, a year later, it came out that they rigged the testimony, they withheld evidence, they did all kinds of stuff and those prosecutors were fired," he said. "Stevens couldn't get his seat back."

According to Morris, "the Justice Department is under heavy suspicion here and we'll have to see how that pans out."

The veteran political analyst emphasized again that "the timing of this is really suspicious."

"When they're in the final days of the talks and a month before the treaty is going to come up for a vote in the Senate, they resurrect these charges after four years and indict Obama's leading critic?" Morris asked. "Give me a break."

In January, Menendez said that the talking points coming from the Obama administration about the deal with Iran "sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran."

The New Jersey Democrat, expressing doubt about the negotiations with Iran, was also behind a letter that a group of 10 Democrats sent to President Barack Obama in late January, saying that if a deal was not struck with Iran by March, that they would move forward with a vote on a sanctions bill in the Senate.

Menendez said on Sunday that he still has "real concerns" about the negotiations, and that he won't support the deal with Iran if it remains a "threshold nuclear" power.

The New Jersey senator was indicted on corruption charges over a relationship he has with a Florida ophthalmologist who is also a political donor.  He has stepped down from his post in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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