It looks as if Sen. Robert Menendz (D-NJ) can breathe a little easier.
An escort who appeared on a video claiming Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) paid her for sex has told Dominican Republic police that she was instead paid to make up the claims in a tape recording and has never met or seen the senator before, according to court documents and two people briefed on her claim.
The woman identified a lawyer who approached her and a friend to make the videotape, according to affidavits obtained by the Post. That man has in turn identified another lawyer who gave him a script for the tape and paid him to find women to fabricate the claims, the affidavits say.
The original story was brought to our attention by Tucker Carlson’s site and picked up by the Washington media, which meant that everyone was waiting for the senator to announce that he was going to spend more time with his family. Now it sounds like he was the victim of one of those half-assed schemes by some right-wing clown.
We’ll be waiting for Mr. Carlson’s retraction and humble apology. Yeah, right.