First Congressional Dem Calls For Bob Menendez To Resign
Democrat Senator Robert Menendez and Nadine Mendendez, his wife, were indicted on federal bribery charges.
They were accused of accepting “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in exchange for his influence being used.
Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey was indicted on federal bribery charges on Friday morning following a yearlong corruption investigation.
In a federal indictment obtained by CNN, the senator and his wife, Nadine Mendendez, are both accused of accepting “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in bribes in exchange for using the senator’s “‘power and influence.”
The alleged crimes took place from 2018 until last year, the Justice Department said.
The couple are accused of accepting bribes from three New Jersey businessmen, one with an alleged connection to the Egyptian government.
The first congressional Democrat has now called on him to resign.
Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) is calling on Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) to resign in the face of corruption charges, his office confirmed to The Hill.
Phillips, a member of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, said that while everyone is innocent until proven guilty, a member of Congress that has appeared to have broken the law should resign. He is the first Democratic lawmaker to push for Menendez to step down.
“Yes, I am a Democrat and so is Sen. Menendez, but based on what I have seen, I am disappointed and yes, I think he should resign,” Phillips said in an interview with CNN.
Phillips said that Democratic leaders in Congress should lean on him and push him out.