DOJ Preparing Criminal Charges Against Democrat Senator Bob Menendez

This comes just 3 days after Menendez blasted the Obama administration’s Iran policy while delivering a speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) national conference.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is preparing criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, CNN reported on Friday.

Citing people briefed on the matter, CNN said the charges center on allegations that the senator used his office to promote the business interests of a Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts.

CNN said Attorney General Eric Holder has given the green light for prosecutors to proceed with charges and an announcement could arrive in coming weeks.

A representative for Menendez could not immediately be reached for comment.

Justice Department officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Menendez is the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Federal authorities have probed Menendez's relationship with Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, a Democratic donor who has been accused of overbilling the Medicare program

Flashback Monday: "When it comes to defending the U.S.-Israel relationship, I am not intimidated by anyone–not Israel’s political enemies, and not by my political friends when I believe they’re wrong" (that would be President Obama)