Report: Women paid to say they had sex with Sen. Menendez

A lawyer paid three women in the Dominican Republican to say they had sex with Sen. Robert MenendezRobert MenendezTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense GMO labeling bill advances in the Senate over Dem objections Overnight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal MORE (D-N.J.), police sources told the Associated Press.

Menendez, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has long disputed claims that he frequented prostitutes in the Carribean country, saying he has “no idea” who would want to make up such damaging allegations.

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A spokesman for the Dominican police department told reporters at a local press conference that officers had determined that attorney Melanio Figueroa paid two women $425 apiece and another about $300 to lie about having sex with Menendez, according to the AP.

Police officials are looking to talk with Figueroa about the payments to the women, the AP reported.

The conservative website The Daily Caller first published the allegations after shooting video interviews with two women who claimed to have had sex with Menendez while in the Dominican Republic.

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