Sen. Menendez Pleads Not Guilty to Obstruction of Justice Charges

Sen. Menendez Pleads Not Guilty to Obstruction of Justice Charges
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The Facts

  • Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) made his third appearance in Manhattan federal court on Monday to plead not guilty to charges in connection with a federal investigation into bribery allegations.

  • This comes as the Democratic senator and his wife, Nadine, as well as New Jersey businessmen Wael Hana and Fred Daibes, were arraigned on a superseding indictment that added obstruction of justice charges to existing criminal counts.


The Spin

Democratic narrative

While Democrats do have a strong message against MAGA anti-democratic extremism in the run-up to the November elections, they can undermine that if a liability such as Sen. Menendez remains in their ranks. It's utterly contradictory that the party that stands for the rule of law in the US still accepts a sitting senator under federal indictment on bribery allegations. The party has a chance to do the right thing.

Republican narrative

Set aside the fact that Democrats control the Senate, Republicans should do much more to expel the corrupt Menendez — particularly when compared to the GOP push to oust George Santos from the House. The GOP must take the bull by the horns and firmly expel Menendez from Congress and take a stand against corruption from the Democratic Party, which is barely hanging onto Senate control and knows it.


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