Skip to comments.Sen. Bob Menendez indicates he will not resign after indictment on bribery charges
Posted on 09/25/2023 10:46:25 AM PDT by FarCenter
U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., suggested Monday that he will not resign from his Senate seat amid federal corruption charges and predicted he would be cleared of wrongdoing.
“I firmly believe that when all the facts are presented, not only will I be exonerated, but I still will be New Jersey’s senior senator.” Menendez told reporters at a press conference in Union City, N.J., where he once served as mayor. They were his first public remarks since the charges against him were unsealed Friday.
Menendez also offered an explanation for the $480,000 in cash prosecutors said was found in his New Jersey home, “much of it stuffed into envelopes and hidden in clothing, closets, and a safe.”
Menendez maintained the money was his and had been earned legitimately.
“For 30 years, I have withdrawn thousands of dollars in cash from my personal savings account, which I have kept for emergencies and because of the history of my family facing confiscation in Cuba,” he said. “These were moneys drawn from my personal savings account based on the income I have lawfully derived over those 30 years.”
The indictment said some of the envelopes “contained the fingerprints and/or DNA” of one of the people charged with bribing Menendez or that person’s driver. Menendez did not address that claim in his remarks and did not take questions from reporters, but said he should be presumed innocent.
On the Senate side, only John Fetterman, D-Pa., has called for him to step down, while others have described the allegations against him as "devastating."
Fetterman appeared unmoved by Menendez's "emergencies" explanation for the large sum of cash in his house, posting on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, "We have an extra flashlight for our home emergencies."
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He doesn’t know anything about those gold bars sticking out of is fat Libtard butt
The democrat mantra, you fools them once, you can fool them again.
Same demonrat seat whether he stays or goes.
It’s Chinatown, Jake.
Though Menendez has won easily before, winning a primary this time will be an uphill climb.
He’d likely have to do so without the so-called county line, a system in New Jersey in which county party officials endorse their preferred candidate and give them prime placement on the primary ballot. Most county Democratic Party leaders in New Jersey have called on Menendez to step aside and thus would likely favor another candidate next year and deprive Menendez of key party resources.
In 2018, after his previous indictment was dismissed, Menendez won re-election but little-known community newspaper publisher Lisa McCormick won nearly 40% of the vote in the Democratic primary.
I doubt those gold bars were delivered from the Mulligan Bank in Galt’s Gulch. Midas would never take him as a customer.
Why would he? He’s a Democrat.
He will be found not guilty of all charges...no doubt about it.
The Washington DC definition of “earned legitimately” is vastly different from our definition of “earned legitimately.”
His definition probably excludes using shell company LLCs to hide his bribes.
“...never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty ...”
Interesting fact about New Jersey that could help Menendez going forward - in New Jersey, if you're a Democrat under investigation for bribery and other crimes, you can just announce your retirement and the DOJ will happily drop all investigations and potential charges against you - see Torricelli, McGreevey, and others.
He beat the last one, so why not?
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Say Menendez makes a deal to resign and the prosecution drops the charges against him.
Does that mean he gets all the money back?
Why would he?
No big deal!
Communists never quit or back off...
Why should they, when they are in total control of the country these days...
The dates on the bill should also span the 30 year withdrawal period. Note that the 100 and others have also changed design in recent years.
Hey—everybody does it.
I just had to move my stack of gold bars out of way so I could find my stash of cash...
He’s going to have to produce bank records showing he made
cash withdrawals over the Castro-era years that total $480K.
He’ll also have to account for the cost of the gold bars.
So did he pay taxes on this generous gift?
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