Despite an ongoing government shutdown reaching unprecedented lengths, it appears that many Congressional Democrats haven’t let potential negotiations with the President get in the way of a celebrity-starred vacation to the tropical paradise of Puerto Rico.
At least 30 Democrats from the House and Senate are said to be kicking back on the island in a trip sponsored by lobbyists from companies like Facebook, Amazon, Comcast and Verizon. They’ll have a chance to view a showing of the hit musical Hamilton, and get acquainted with the show’s cast.
BOLD PAC, a political component of the ethnic-lobby House Hispanic Caucus, is said to have chartered a Boeing 737 to transport visitors to the Caribbean island, still said to be recovering from the effects of Hurricane Maria.
A photo surfaced of Democratic Senator Bob Menendez enjoying himself on a Puerto Rican beach.
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The fuss about government employees having to wait for an end to a shutdown to receive paychecks doesn’t seem to apply for these 30 Democrats, who are unwilling to cancel a luxurious trip to negotiate with Republicans on an end to the shutdown.
Perhaps Menendez should be more careful about signing himself up for lavish overseas trips. (Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States located in the Caribbean Sea.) The Senator was charged with accepting bribes in the form of gifts, most notably trips to the nearby Dominican Republic, where it’s alleged he was provided underaged prostitutes by a doctor named Salomon Melgen. Despite being charged by prosecutors in regards to the trips themselves, Menendez got off easy in a ‘not guilty’ ruling that left many anti-corruption advocates shaking their heads.
Hopefully Menendez will be inclined to act in a more responsible manner on this trip on account of being surrounded by his Democratic colleagues and corporate lobbyist handlers.
UK’s Prince Andrew Too “Nervous” to Travel Aboard After Ghislane Maxwell’s Arrest
Prince Andrew visited Epstein’s private island.
The UK’s Prince Andrew is reportedly nervous” to engage in any international travel in the wake of Ghislane Maxwell’s arrest last week. The UK royal is said to have canceled a golf outing to Spain in the midst of the news, according to reporting from the Sun.
An anonymous source described as a “palace insider” close to the Prince described Andrew as such in remarks to the Sun, stating that it is unlikely the scrutinized royal will leave the UK for some time and that he will probably never visit the United States ever again.
Andrew is a former Jeffrey Epstein associate who is publicly known to have visited the pedophile billionaire’s private island in the Virgin Island. Virginia Roberts, a woman who was trafficked as an underage girl by Epstein and Ghislane Maxwell, alleges that she was ordered to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17.
The royal, who was pushed out of representing Britain’s monarchy publicly after an embarassing interview in which he sought to explain his continuing relationship with Epstein even after the financier was convicted of procuring a child for prostitution in 2008. Andrew has refused to cooperate with American federal prosecutors investigating Epstein’s sex trafficking network, meriting a public statement from Southern District of New York prosecutors clarifying that the prince had steadfastly refused to be interviewed by them.
Maxwell was arrested as a result of an investigation into her role into Jeffrey Epstein’s trafficking network last week. The Daily Mail has cited a supposed associate of Maxwell who claims the longtime Epstein madame has video evidence of the sexual abuse of minors conducted by Epstein and his network of politically elite friends.
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