Democrat AG From Maryland Photographed At Teen Party Says It’s Not His Job To Stop Underage Drinking

Gansler Says Breaking Up Teen Party Was Not His Job – Baltimore Sun

When Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler arrived at a house party of teenagers in June, he pushed through the crowd, past youngsters dancing on a table and a smattering of red plastic cups. One of the revelers snapped a photo.

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As the night wore on, teens at the South Bethany rental home posted tweets, photos and videos of a bash labeled the “eviction party” for its intensity – a celebration where underage participants later confirmed many were drinking alcohol.

Gansler, a Democrat who is running for governor, said this week that he stopped by the Delaware beach house to talk briefly with his teenage son and then left. He said he does not remember whether he saw anyone drinking. But even if he had, Gansler said, it was not his responsibility as a parent or a high-ranking law enforcement official to intervene.

“Assume for purposes of discussion that there was widespread drinking at this party,” Gansler said. “How is that relevant to me? …The question is, do I have any moral authority over other people’s children at beach week in another state? I say no.”

Advocates against substance abuse and underage drinking disagreed, saying adults shouldn’t look the other way.

“It’s totally inappropriate for an adult, especially for an elected official whose job is to uphold the laws of the state or any state,” said Michael Gimbel, an independent consultant and the former alcohol abuse prevention official for Baltimore County.

“For any parent to do this is irresponsible. But for an attorney general who fought for these laws on the books is even worse,” he said.

Gansler has publicly advocated against underage drinking, appearing less than a year ago in a video for the Century Council, a nonprofit that works to combat both teen drinking and drunken driving.

“Parents, you’re the leading influence on your teen’s decision not to drink,” Gansler said in a video filmed as part of the organization’s “Ask, Listen, Learn” initiative to persuade parents to talk to middle-school children about drinking. “It’s never too early to talk with your kids about smart ways to say no.”

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Century Council’s CEO and president Ralph Blackman, upon learning that Gansler had been at such a party, said, “Let me pick myself up off the floor here.”

Blackman added that he couldn’t judge what Gansler should have done while briefly stopping by a party. But he said that as a parent, he would hope to hold himself to a standard high enough to “not only set a good example and be a good role model for my own kid, but for the wider group of kids who all influence each other.”

“You can agree, you can disagree with the legal age,” Blackman said. But by looking the other way, “you are somehow suggesting that it is OK to break the law. It’s part of the value systems that go into young people’s decision making.”

Gansler, in a two-hour interview Tuesday about senior week and the June 13 party, said, “My responsibility is only to my child… Everybody has their own moral compass. Mine is to raise my own child.” He said firmly that his son was not drinking.

Gansler had attended a Maryland State Bar Association event in Ocean City earlier that evening. During his brief stay at the teens’ party, he was captured in both a video and a photo posted online. He did not dispute the authenticity of those images.

He said he was at the party only for a few minutes to discuss with his newly graduated son when they would leave Delaware the next morning for a college event in Pennsylvania. Of senior week, he said, “For better or worse, the reality is some kids drink alcohol while they’re there.”

The two-term attorney general and former Montgomery County state’s attorney said he had no more responsibility to shut down a party if he saw drinking than to stop teenagers walking down the street with beer cans in hand or investigate tailgate parties.

“Was I supposed to serve as the police officer?” Gansler asked. “No.”

Gansler was part of a group of parents who paid for a weeklong stay at a six-bedroom beach house after their sons’ graduation from the private Landon School in Bethesda.

The parents arranged for two fathers to serve as chaperones each night, paid for food and negotiated rules that forbade the boys from driving, having girls behind closed bedroom doors or drinking “hard alcohol,” according a copy of the rules and planning documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun. The list of prohibitions did not mention drinking beer or wine.

Gansler said that while he didn’t write the rules, he attended a meeting where parents discussed them and was one of two adults who explained them to the dozen boys.

“If anything bad happened, if the kids violated the rules, they’d be sent home,” Gansler said. “My guess is… that if someone drank beer, that would not be an offense for which the chaperones would want to send somebody home.”

Delaware law, like Maryland’s, does not distinguish among types of alcohol in its broad prohibition against underage drinking. In both states, the legal drinking age is 21.

It is legal for parents to allow their own children to drink at home.

In several photos posted online by people at the party, older adults can be seen standing in the background. In videos and photos, young people, both men and women, are dancing on a bar and on a table. In one video, a bucket of clear liquid is poured from the balcony onto dancers below. It’s unclear how many teens were drinking.

Some of the videos have since been removed from social media.

“I don’t remember much, but it was one of the best parties I’ve been to, hands down,” said one attendee who spoke to The Baltimore Sun this week under the condition of anonymity because some engaged in underage drinking.

Two days after the party, however, the house was in bad shape. Julie Barnes, who has for years cleaned the home after renters, said she arrived on June 15 to find the wooden floors rippled from moisture damage, dents that appeared to be made from high heels on the bar and pool table, and floors sticky from what smelled like beer. According to minutes of a South Bethany Town Council meeting where the vandalism was discussed, the house sustained about $50,000 worth of damage.

Police who investigated did not place blame on the Landon group and classified the damage as likely the result of a burglary that occurred sometime between Friday evening and Saturday when Barnes arrived to clean. The Landon group turned in their keys Friday afternoon, parents said.

A parent who chaperoned the night of the party but would not discuss whether there was drinking said he helped the boys clean up the next morning. He said they left the house in good shape. Another parent said a representative of the realty company ResortQuest called afterward to say the house was fine and minor damage would be covered by the security deposit. The parents asked not to be identified to protect their children’s privacy. Representatives from ResortQuest did not respond to a request for comment.

Gansler said the parents assume that someone broke in and trashed the house after the boys checked out.

“Apparently, the night before, the parents who were chaperoning it kicked kids out” because it was getting too crowded, Gansler said. “The thought was [the damage] was so malicious that they were trying to get revenge or back at the parents who were chaperoning for kicking them out.”

The home’s owner, Timothy Dickson, lives in Virginia and said he thought he and his wife were renting to several families vacationing together, not to a dozen recent high school graduates. He said they were dismayed by the teens’ behavior at their beach house as displayed on social media.

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Long-Time Clinton Aide Involved In Cover-Up Of Benghazi And Ambassador/Underage Hooker Scandal

Long-Time Clinton Aide Involved In Cover-Up Of Benghazi And Ambassador/Underage Hooker Scandal – Yid With Lid

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One of the closest members of the Hillary Clinton team and a long-time aid of both Hilary and Bill Clinton , Cheryl Mills is named in the internal memo from State Department Office of Inspector General about the coverup of Ambassador wrong-doing.

The memo, believed to have been based on anonymous complaints from rank-and-file agents in the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security that arose during a 2012 inspector general’s review of the bureau, has sent shock waves through Foggy Bottom since becoming public Monday.

At its core, the document outlines a variety of cases in which high-ranking department officials quashed internal investigations into accusations of sexual assault, drug dealing, solicitation of sexual favors from prostitutes and minors, and other improper activity against American diplomatic personnel overseas.

The State Department has vigorously criticized the memo. Spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki told reporters repeatedly this week that the accusations are “unsubstantiated.”

A spokesman for the inspector general’s office has called the memo a “preliminary” document that triggered investigations into suspected criminal activity and claims that earlier probes were blocked by State Department higher-ups. Outside law enforcement specialists have been called in to conduct the investigations.

With bipartisan pressure mounting from lawmakers on Capitol Hill to ensure such claims are investigated and resolved, Secretary of State John F. Kerry weighed in Wednesday, saying he takes the investigative process “very seriously” and that “all employees of this department are held to the highest standards, now and always.”

Mills, who served as chief of staff to Mrs. Clinton as secretary of state, was accused in a recent congressional hearing of attempting to stifle congressional access to Gregory Hicks, who held a senior post in Libya at the time of the attack. At least she is consistent. Ms Mills was the State Dept. Staffer who Hicks said ordered him not to talk to Rep. Jason Chaffetz alone.

She has worked as a Clinton loyalist for more than two decades, first as a lawyer who helped facilitate Mr. Clinton’s transition into the White House after the 1992 election. She was named White House counsel in the Clinton administration and became a key litigator and public face of the defense team during his 1999 impeachment and trial on perjury and obstruction of justice charges related to a sexual-harassment lawsuit.

The IG memo does not only talk about Howard Gutman, the U.S. ambassador to Belgium, and the charge “that the ambassador routinely ditched his protective security detail in order to solicit sexual favors from both prostitutes and minor children.” It talks about how Mrs. Mills may have attempted to block an investigation last year into suspected misconduct by Brett McGurk, whom President Obama had nominated to become ambassador to Iraq.

The memo outlines how agents from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s special investigations division had opened an probe into Mr. McGurk, who was working at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad at the time, on suspicion that had been improperly emailing government information with his girlfriend, a Wall Street Journal reporter.

“Some of the information may have been cleared for release, but other information reportedly was not,” states the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times after it was first reported by CBS News.

Investigators “never interviewed McGurk, allegedly because Cheryl Mills from the Secretary’s office interceded,” the memo states. “Email from Mills reportedly shows her agreeing to a particular course of action for the case, but then reneging and advising McGurk to withdraw his name from consideration for the ambassadorship.”

Mr. McGurk withdrew his name from consideration for the post last June.

Initial bad behavior by an Ambassador, potential Ambassador or any federal official is usually not the fault of that person’s supervisor or the head of the department, office, agency, etc. It only becomes the fault of the supervisor when that bad behavior is not corrected and/or is covered up from the American people.

Both in the case of these State Department scandals and Benghazi the evidence seems to show that Cheryl Mills, one of Ms. Clinton’s key aids was in charge of cover-up and clean-up for her boss Hilary Clinton.

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Democrat Senator Under Federal Investigation For Sleeping With Underage Dominican Prostitutes

Emails Show FBI Investigating Sen. Bob Menendez For Sleeping With Underage Dominican Prostitutes – Daily Caller

Documents published online for the first time Thursday indicate that the FBI opened an inquiry into New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez on August 1, 2012, focusing on repeated trips he took to the Dominican Republic with longtime campaign contributor and Miami eye doctor Salomon Melgen. TheDC reported in November that Menendez purchased the service of prostitutes in that Caribbean nation at a series of alcohol-fueled sex parties.

The documents, which The Daily Caller had obtained hours earlier from an anonymous source, also indicate that Carrie Levine, research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), was alerted on April 9, 2012 to Menendez’s habit of paying for sex while outside the United States.

ABC News senior investigative producer Rhonda Schwartz was aware as early as May 2, 2012, the documents show, when Levine wrote a source in the Dominican Republic to say that she had “shared your allegations, but not your identities, with a respected, trusted journalist with whom we have worked on other stories.”

In another email two days later, Levine identified that journalist as one who “works for ABC News.” By May 16, Schwartz was emailing Levine’s original source with questions.

Information made available to Schwartz and Levine at that time included allegations that some of Menendez’s prostitutes were as young as 16. The source also alleged that Sen. Menendez was taking “non-authorized trips” to the Dominican Republic, suggesting that he may have been evading Senate Ethics committee rules covering disclosures when third parties pay for a senator’s travel. (RELATED: NRSC says Menendez may have broken Senate ethics rules, federal campaign finance laws)

Those rules require senators to secure approval from the committee before allowing a private person or company to provide transportation or lodging related to official business. But the Senate’s “gift rule database,” available online, contains nothing related to a Menendez visit to the Dominican Republic.

The rules also allow senators to accept free lodging or travel as gifts from friends. Those transactions must also be documented on an annual financial disclosure report, and approved in advance by Senate Ethics committee if the value is more than $335. Menendez’s disclosures since the mid-1990s, when he was a member of the House of Representatives, include no mention of such gifts.

On Sept. 11, 2012, the documents indicate, the same source who provided information to Levine and Schwartz also sent an FBI Special Agent in Miami what he described as “the testimony of one of the girls.”

“I have in my possession the original written in her own hand,” the source wrote. “She’s 19 now, but took part in private parties with Senator Menendez being only 16.”

x was published online along with the other Menendez-related documents on Thursday.

With an interviewer asking her to identify a photograph of Menendez, the unnamed woman replies, “I don’t need to look again. I’m quite sure this is Bob Menendez, the friend of Salomon Melgen I had sexual relations with. I had sexual relations with him several times and I can’t forget his face.”

“I actually met him as Bob,” she says in the transcript. “Then I knew who he was, that he’s a Senator in the United States and that his name is Bob Menendez.”

Asked how often she had sex with the senator, she replies, “In 2009 I saw Bob three times at least. The first one in February, and then in May and June. I recall his visit in June so well because that month was my 17th birthday. Then we met twice one in May 2010 and then in December 2011… I was underage when I met him. But I can’t say for sure whether he knew it or not.”

She is identified in the transcript as “young participant #2.”

The age of consent in the Dominican Republic is 18. The PROTECT Act, a U.S. law passed in 2003, made it a federal crime for Americans to engage in sex for money with anyone under 18, even in countries where the age of consent is lower.

CREW executive director Melanie Sloan told TheDC on Thursday evening that her organization shared the allegations it received with federal law enforcement.

“On July 17, 2012, CREW sent letters to the Department of Justice and the FBI requesting an investigation into this matter,” Sloan said in an email. She said one letter was addressed to “[t]he Director of the Washington Field Office.”

A message left for that office’s Acting Assistant Director in Charge, Debra Evans Smith, was not returned.

But CREW has not mentioned Sen. Menendez on its website or in press releases since July 2011, and the group has not identified the New Jersey Democrat as a lawmaker with ethical shortcomings.

CREW publishes an “Under Investigation” report which it says is “a list of Congress members likely under investigation by the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the House Ethics Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, the Office of Congressional Ethics, and in some cases, the Federal Election Commission.”

No senators’ names appear in the report, last updated January 8, 2013. Spokesman Dave Merchant did not respond when asked why CREW did not publicly report the allegations against Menendez in 2012, seven months before Menendez won re-election.

The 58-page dossier on Menendez includes several emails to and from Schwartz at ABC. In one, she wrote to the Dominican Republic source on June 22, 2012 saying that the Menendez story was “a high priority and I’m working on it at my end.” ABC, however, never produced a news report on Menendez’s Dominican escapades during the 2012 election year.

“I’m not going to say anything,” Schwartz told TheDC when reached via phone Thursday. “I’m not confirming anything.”

Schwartz referred questions to ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider, who did not respond to an email seeking comment.

TheDC’s Nov. 1 exposé included videotaped interviews with two women who said through a translator that Menendez paid them for sex at an elite Dominican resort. An attorney representing both women told TheDC that they were both of legal age. Both women said they were promised $500 to sleep with Sen. Menendez, but that they were paid on $100 apiece.

Prostitution is legal in the Dominican Republic, but ethics rules prohibit U.S. government officials from engaging in behavior that is illegal in the U.S. since it could open them up to blackmail, compromising their ability to serve in government.

Eleven U.S. Secret Service agents became embroiled in a prostitution scandal in the South American nation of Colombia in early April 2012. Government officials at the time cited exposure to blackmail as one reason the Department of Homeland Security would not tolerate Secret Service agents who paid for sex while on assignment overseas.

That scandal broke within days of when a person using the name “Peter Williams” first contacted CREW about Sen. Menendez. He was an American citizen, he said, with both direct and second-hand knowledge of what Menendez and Melgen were doing – and with whom.

Melgen has donated at least $14,700 directly to Menendez’s various political campaigns, according to Federal Election Commission data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics. The Washington Free Beacon reported on Nov. 1 that Melgen “has contributed at least $700,000 to Majority PAC, a Super PAC dedicated to Democrat candidates for Senate and founded by a former aide to Sen. Harry Reid.”

He also appears to have supplemented those donations by allowing Menendez to travel, free of charge, on his private jet during numerous trips between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic.

The online documents published Thursday on a makeshift WordPress blog include texts of emails, screen-capture images of emails displayed on a Yahoo! account, names of Menendez’s purported prostitutes, and three locations where his pay-for-play trysts are supposed to have taken place.

One, the luxurious Casa de Campo resort, is adjacent to a private airfield Melgen used at least eight times in 2012, according to flight records for his Canadair CL-600 Challenger aircraft that TheDC obtained through FlightAware by tracking the tail number of the aircraft. One of those trips occurred during Easter weekend, when the women interviewed for TheDC’s Nov. 1 story both said they were paid to have sex with Menendez.

Another location is described in the documents as a “private yacht docked at Casa de Campo’s Marina.” (RELATED: Dominican government official says Menendez a frequent guest at “sex, hookers and drinking” parties)

A spokeswoman for Sen. Menendez did not reply to emails and phone messages seeking comment about how many times has he visited the Dominican Republic since taking office; whether he has ever paid for the services of underage prostitutes; whether his use of Melgen’s private jet was related to his campaign or to his official Senate duties; whether his campaign reported travel perks and other in-kind gifts from Melgen in Federal Election Commission reports; whether he is aware of an FBI investigation into his activities; and whether the Senate Ethics committee has contacted him about his trips to the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican source of the documents that are the subject of this article emailed them to TheDC from an Internet address in Mexico. It is unclear whether this is the same person who first tipped off CREW’s Levine about Sen. Menendez, and appears to have communicated later with Schwartz at ABC News, and with the FBI.

The tipster attempted to lodge a complaint with the Senate Ethics committee in the same April 9, 2012 email he sent Levine, but he misspelled the name of the committee’s deputy staff director, Annette Gillis, in her email address. The email did reach Levine, but there is no evidence the committee was informed. Committee staff director John Sassman would not speak on the record when TheDC reached him Thursday evening.

Multiple FBI sources also declined to confirm on the record that Sen. Menendez is under investigation, including Miami-based Special Agents Regino Chavez and Michael Leverock.

“The FBI has no comment… I have nothing further to add,” said Leverock, who coordinates media for the FBI’s Miami Field Office.

Chavez is the agent who appears to have communicated repeatedly with the “Peter Williams” source, whose emails form the bulk of the dossier that went online Thursday.

Another FBI source, speaking on background, would not deny the report – telling TheDC only that the FBI typically would not publicly confirm an investigation that focused on a sitting U.S. senator.

Special Agent Chavez appears to have been first briefed on the case between July 17, the date CREW says it made its FBI referral, and August 1, 2012, the date of the first email from Chavez to Williams that was included in the online dossier.

Williams responded Aug. 25, focusing on the young ages of the girls involved.

“My main concern is the protection of my sources’ identities,” he wrote. “They are, as you may know, young prostitutes involved in those activities with senator Menendez and his friend Dr. Salomon Melgen.”

He also asked for the FBI’s help to ensure “that some social institution would assist these minors involved in their reinsertion to society.”

“About the girls, you may have the information I passed to CREW with some of their names. Not all the participants in those private parties are aware that some of the girls sharing [sex] with them are underage; others were minors some time ago, being already part of this circle. My point is that not knowing that, does not exempt them from their responsibility.”

Through Sept. 12, the documents indicate, Chavez investigated Williams’ claims and determined that they were sound.

“As far as the information you have provided, we have been able to confirm most of it,” Chavez’s Sept. 12 email reads. “We know that you are providing accurate information… We are on the right track but we do need to meet in person. I would not like for the information you have to get stale and lose the opportunity to bring the people who abused these young ladies to justice.”

In an email dated 10 days later, Williams produced the names of four women, all of them over 18, who he said participated in the Menendez sex parties at Casa de Campo. Those four were not among the women TheDC interviewed for the Nov. 1 story.

Two days after that story was published, the documents show, Williams emailed Chavez to say that the videotaped interviews were consistent with what he knew about the prostitutes Sen. Menendez frequented in the Dominican Republic.

“I can’t say I have any doubts about the truthfulness of their testimonies,” he wrote on Nov. 3, while emphasizing that his interest was primarily centered on the underage girls involved.

“My purpose is to do justice to the minors sexually involved with Senator Menendez and not to play politics,” he wrote.

By Nov. 24, Williams was claiming to “have in my hands additional evidences of Senator Menendez’s participation in activities with underage and young prostitutes.”

The emails indicate that as Christmas neared, Williams was reluctant to meet Chavez in person. A similar pattern developed quickly between Williams at CREW, where Carrie Levine pressed him for details and asked for phone meetings but got neither.

Much of the online dossier is unconfirmed and may ultimately be unconfirmable. But an additional source, unrelated to the documents, confirmed to TheDC on Thursday that ABC News was working on the Menendez story as late as mid-October.

The emails in the dossier themselves do not establish that “Peter Williams” is male or female, American or foreigner, well-intentioned or nefarious. They also do not, by themselves, prove Menendez engaged in illegal or unethical conduct.

But the existence of an FBI investigation is consistent with what TheDC learned in November from the women who spoke on camera about the senator.

A retired FBI agent speaking on background said Thursday night that it was unlikely such an investigation would be handled by a single case agent. But he said that since most of Melgen’s flights to La Romana International Airport in the Dominican Republic originated in Palm Beach, Fla., the Miami Field Office was the logical FBI office to handle the case.

He would not speculate, however, on whether any inquiry into Menendez’s trips abroad was likely to have been completed, and the file closed, nearly six months later. It would depend, he said, on the believability of witnesses and their willingness to cooperate.

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