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Dominican official links Daily Caller to alleged lies about Menendez

So, the sensational story out of the Dominican Republic that purported to link U.S. Senator Bob Menendez with underage prostitutes - launched at The Daily Caller just before the November election and heating up  just as the Democrat was ascending to the powerful chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - turns out not just to have been originally reported by The Daily Caller but to be invented and paid for by The Daily Caller, run by Tucker Carlson, fabricator and bullshit artist, disgraced TV host and current honcho at the right-wing website.

Washington Post and ABC News are both reporting what will be no surprise to anyone here, or anyone who can smell a rat when faced with one or track back on a shady-sounding story to see who benefits from promoting it.

The Daily Caller is in denial and damage-control mode. Senator Menedez has always maintained this was a smear job. He's called for a full investigation by U.S. authorities - but has said he will not appear in person in the Dominican Republic to answer questions of prosecutors there.

I'm out, so I'll just link to and quote from the news I'm seeing. I urge you to read through both articles, linked above:
Washington Post:

A top Dominican law enforcement official that a local lawyer has reported being paid by someone claiming to work for the conservative Web site the Daily Caller to find prostitutes who would lie and say they had sex for money with Sen. Bob Menendez

The local lawyer told Dominican investigators that a foreign man, who identified himself as "Carlos," had offered him $5,000 to find and pay women in the Caribbean nation willing to make the claims about Menendez, according to Jose Antonio Polanco, district attorney for the La Romana region, where the investigation is being conducted.

ABC News:

A spokesperson for The Daily Caller, Nicole Roeberg, denied the allegation that it paid  Carlos or had any connection to him. "Never worked for us, never was hired by us, was not a source that connected us to anyone in the Dominican Republic," Roeberg said in a statement to ABC News.

Someone named "Carlos" appears briefly in video recorded by ABC News last October during interviews with the same women, as he attempts to correct a technical problem with the video connection.

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