Menendez co-‘conspirator’ hosted Bill and Hillary at vacation getaway

By Isabel Vincent, Melissa Klein and Jose Ernesto Devarez
April 20, 2015 | 5:31am
The horndog eye surgeon indicted on corruption charges with Sen. Bob Menendez has hosted Bill and Hillary Clinton at a plush vacation getaway in the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Salomon Melgen entertained the ex-president and ex-secretary of state, now running for president, an ex-Melgen employee said.

Melgen, 60, is accused of giving the New Jersey Democrat nearly $1 million in campaign cash and gifts in exchange for favors that included visas for a bevy of girlfriends.

On Sunday, The Post revealed the married doctor’s gal pals included Juliana Lopes Leite, who appeared nude in a magazine in her native Brazil, and Svitlana Buchyk, a Ukrainian model/actress from Spain.

A third has been identified only as a Dominican who began a romantic relationship with Melgen around 2005 at age 19.

Patricia Goodman, Melgen’s former office administrator and personal assistant, told the Miami Herald in 2013 that the Clintons had vacationed at his villa in Casa de Campo, a luxury seaside resort in La Romana.

Melgen and his wife, Flor, are big Democratic donors who have supported both Menendez and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Flor Melgen gave Hillary Clinton $4,000 in 2006 and $2,300 in 2008, records show.

Clinton pal and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a former head of the Democratic National Committee, was also a frequent Melgen guest, Goodman said.

“He used to go to Doctor Melgen’s home in Casa de Campo and play golf all the time,” she told the paper.

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Melgen’s villa in Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Menendez also visited often.

Melgen’s mansion, Villa Mehler, sits on a golf course in the gated 11-square-mile compound, where entry is restricted to residents, their guests and anyone staying at a $500-a-night hotel there.

A worker at a neighboring property recalled a parade of women visiting the mansion when Melgen vacationed there with friends.

A Melgen worker described one of the doctor’s Dominican girlfriends as “very pretty and thin . . . with model-like features and height, good skin and nice, straight hair.”

A guard at the compound’s marina, where Melgen kept his yacht, said prostitutes are often called “girlfriends” by villa owners to avoid suspicion.

The Clintons returned to Casa de Campo in January, but instead of staying with Melgen, they spent their time with the Fanjuls, a family of sugar barons that owns the resort.

Neither the Clinton Foundation nor Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign returned requests for comment.


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