Sen. Bob Menendez is going to be charged with “corruption.”
Embattled Sen. Robert Menendez is unlikely to resign his Senate seat amid looming criminal corruption charges that he allegedly used his office to benefit a well-heeled donor, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Instead, Menendez, who has survived past scrutiny by federal prosecutors over his actions for years, plans to fight the Justice Department and clear his name, sources said. At a press conference in Newark on Friday evening, he said that he has broken no laws and made no mention of plans to step down.
“Let me be very clear, very clear. I have always conducted myself appropriately and in accordance with the law,” Menendez said. “I am not going anywhere.”
It remains to be seen whether Menendez can hang onto his spot as ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee once corruption charges are filed. Two other senators in recent years, the late Ted Stevens of Alaska and John Ensign of Nevada, each stepped aside from leadership posts as they faced scrutiny over their actions in public office. And Menendez as well as Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are likely to face heightened pressure after the Justice Department unveils the charges.
Menendez has been the most vocal democrat critic of Obama foreign policy:
While the federal investigation has been ongoing, the timing of the charges is curious. Menendez has been one of the top Democratic critics in Congress of the Obama administration’s negotiations and forthcoming deal with Iran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions. Earlier this year, the New Jersey Democrat said the White House’s talking points on the Iran deal were “straight out of Tehran.”
Menendez also hammered Obama’s Cuba policy:
Sen. Robert Menendez (N.J.), the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is slamming President Obama over the deal to release an American held in Cuba.
“President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government,” Menendez, known for his tough stance on Cuba, said in a statement.
“There is no equivalence between an international aid worker and convicted spies who were found guilty of conspiracy to commit espionage against our nation.”
Hillary fired an ambassador for using a private email account while herself using a private email account for four years. Somehow the White House didn’t notice and so far she is escaping accountability.
Too late Menendez learns the power of the dark side. The Obama Death Star is fully operational.