Paul C. Broun

Congressional ethics probes gained steam during recess

WASHINGTON From lurid exchanges about partying with underage prostitutes to subpoenas for congressional Gmail, members of Congress under scrutiny from the Justice Department and ethics investigators couldn't catch a break during August recess.

With fresh speculation from Sen. Robert Menendez that Cuban agents planted salacious stories to stymie his political career, the high-profile probe of the New Jersey Democrat gained steam.

Justice Department prosecutors rejected defense arguments that their case was tainted by unfounded claims that Menendez and his longtime supporter Salomon Melgen solicited underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. In its response, the...