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Menendez to speak to Dems, facing increased resignation demands.

Senator Menendez Faces Bribery Charges

Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) is set to speak to the Senate Democratic Caucus​ on ⁢Thursday, one day⁤ after he‍ pleaded‍ not guilty ‌to federal bribery charges at a Manhattan court.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) expressed his disappointment and concern regarding the indictment‍ against Menendez, stating, “But we all know that …⁤ for ⁤senators,‌ there’s a‍ much, much higher standard. And clearly, when⁢ you read the indictment, Senator Menendez fell way, way below that standard.”

Senator Schumer ⁢mentioned that Menendez will address the Democratic Caucus on the following day, ⁣leaving the outcome uncertain.

On September ‌22,‌ Menendez and his‌ wife Nadine ⁢were indicted on‍ three conspiracy charges⁤ each related to bribery, fraud, and extortion. The couple allegedly ⁤accepted various forms⁤ of payment,⁢ including cash, gold bars, a luxury vehicle, mortgage⁤ payments, and more.

According to the ​indictment, Menendez agreed to use⁣ his ‌influence and power​ to do favors for⁢ three ⁤businessmen ⁤and advance‌ the interests of⁤ the Egyptian ‌government in ‌exchange ‌for these ​alleged ‌payoffs.

On Wednesday, Menendez and his wife pleaded not guilty to all charges against them in federal ⁤court in Manhattan.

During a press‍ briefing on September⁣ 25, Menendez firmly denied the charges, stating that they are ​categorically false⁤ and requested the presumption of innocence in his ‌case.

“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 ‌confidently⁣ asserted.

Following a Senate⁤ vote​ on Wednesday, Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.)‍ will assume the role‌ of ‌Chairman of the ‌Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a position ‍previously held by Menendez before he ‍ stepped down after the​ indictment.

“I look‍ forward to working⁣ with Ranking ⁣Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and all our members as⁢ the⁤ committee tackles ⁤the ⁢most‍ important challenges facing our nation and the world,” stated Cardin. ⁣”I intend to continue my​ longstanding work to ensure that​ human rights, anti-corruption, and good governance‍ are woven into America’s foreign policy. We ⁢have much ⁤work ⁤ahead ‌of us.”

Many Democrats in both the House⁣ and the​ Senate are calling ⁤for Menendez to resign. On‌ September 27, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined the chorus of‌ voices‌ urging the New Jersey senator to step down.

“Leaders in‌ New Jersey, including the Governor and my Senate colleague‌ Cory Booker, have⁣ made it clear that‍ Senator Menendez⁤ can no longer serve. He should ​step down,” wrote Durbin on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Murray expressed her concern, stating, “The ⁤charges against‌ Senator Menendez are extremely serious and‌ the details released are deeply disturbing—while Senator Menendez ⁣is entitled‌ to ‍his day in court,⁢ I believe he should step down ⁢and⁤ focus on‍ his legal ​defense.”

She continued, “If Senator Menendez refuses to resign, I encourage ⁣the Senate Ethics Committee to open an investigation‍ into this, separate ‌from the ⁣ongoing criminal case.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre acknowledged the seriousness ⁣of Menendez’s charges, stating, “We think the ⁤senator did the right⁢ thing‌ by stepping down from his chairmanship. As it relates to resigning, that ‌is something that’s up to him and the leadership in the Senate.”

How have Senator Menendez’s colleagues in the Senate Democratic Caucus reacted to these charges, and ⁢what impact might it have on his political future?

Senator⁤ Menendez Faces Bribery Charges

Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)⁣ is facing federal bribery charges after pleading not guilty in a Manhattan ⁣court. The ⁤indictment against Menendez has caused disappointment and ‌concern among his colleagues, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Schumer expressed his​ belief that​ senators should uphold a higher standard of conduct‍ and stated that Menendez had fallen⁢ far below‍ that standard.

The Senate Democratic Caucus is set to hear from Menendez ‌on⁤ Thursday, where the outcome of the proceedings remains uncertain. Menendez and his wife, Nadine, were indicted on three conspiracy charges related to bribery, fraud,‍ and extortion. It is alleged ‍that they accepted various forms of payment, including ⁤cash, gold bars, luxury vehicles, mortgage payments, and​ more.

According to the indictment, Menendez agreed to use his influence and power to provide favors for⁢ three businessmen and advance the interests of the Egyptian government in exchange for these alleged payoffs. However, Menendez and‌ his wife have pleaded not guilty to ⁢all charges brought⁤ against them.

During a press briefing, Menendez ‌firmly‍ denied the charges,‌ asserting that they are categorically false and requesting‌ the presumption of innocence in ‍his case. He expressed his confidence⁣ that he will be exonerated and will continue to serve as New Jersey’s senior⁤ senator.

As the legal process continues, Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is set to assume the role of Chairman of ⁢the Senate Foreign Relations‌ Committee, a position previously held by Menendez. The bribery charges against Menendez have raised concerns about his⁣ ability to fulfill his⁣ duties and maintain the trust of his constituents.

The outcome of this case will have significant implications not only ⁢for Senator Menendez but also for the credibility and integrity of the Senate as a whole. It‍ highlights the‌ importance of holding elected

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