Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on Monday grew to become the second Senate Democrat to name on Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) to resign after he was indicted on federal bribery prices late final week.
“Senator Menendez has damaged the general public belief and may resign from the U.S. Senate,” Brown stated in a press release.
Menendez, alongside together with his spouse, Nadine, are accused of accepting bribes from three New Jersey businessmen so as to additional pursuits in Egypt. Menendez, who’s up for reelection in 2024, has denied the allegations and insists they’re a part of a “smear marketing campaign” and are “salacious” in nature.
The Ohio Democrat’s name follows that of Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.), who stated Saturday that he hopes Menendez “chooses an honorable exit and focuses on his trial.”
“He’s entitled to the presumption of innocence below our system, however he’s not entitled to proceed to wield affect over nationwide coverage, particularly given the intense and particular nature of the allegations,” Fetterman stated in a press release.
Democrats in New Jersey — together with Home lawmakers, state leaders and Gov. Phil Murphy (D) — have referred to as on Menendez to resign, however Senate Democrats have been sluggish to hitch the refrain.
Senate Democratic leaders have additionally declined to take action.
Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has stated solely that Menedez made the best name in standing apart as chairman of the Senate International Relations Committee.
Menendez reiterated Monday that he has no plans of going anyplace.
“The allegations leveled towards me are simply that: allegations,” Menendez instructed a crowd in Union Metropolis, N.J. “I acknowledged that this would be the greatest combat but. However as I’ve said by means of this entire course of, I firmly consider that when all the details are offered, not solely will I be exonerated, however I’ll nonetheless be New Jersey’s senior senator.”