As one top Democrat Senator faces bribery charges, it seems that the rest of his party is reluctant to admit that he did anything wrong.
According to Fox News on Sunday, Democrats refused to acknowledge whether Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) should resign if he’s convicted of federal bribery charges.
Many officials in the party refused to make definitive statements on the issue one way or another. “I’m not going to get into the hypotheticals on either of these situations, as I said, several steps removed,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), during CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I’m hopeful that, when all is said and done, that Bob Menendez will be returning to the Senate representing the State of New Jersey,” he added.
Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, also said that he wouldn’t comment on Sen. Menendez until the federal jury announces it’s verdict. “We’ll wait and see what happens,” he said on ABC’s This Week. “The jury has not spoken yet, so I don’t like to answer what if question.”
Even Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) said that, “We’re going to leave this decision to the jury. I’m not going to get ahead of the game,” on Fox News Sunday. “I’m not going to speculate about what the outcome of that jury decision will be,” Sen. Van Hollen said.
Sen. Menendez, 63, stands accused of accepting an abundance of campaign donations, gifts, and vacations from Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, in exchange for using his position to lobby on behalf of Melgen’s business interests. Supposedly, Mr. Melgen directed over $750,000 in campaign contributions to entities that supported the Senator in an effort to get Sen. Menendez to use his influence on the doctor’s behalf, according to Fox News.
Among other things, Mr. Melgen paid for the Senator and his girlfriend to stay three nights at a Parisian hotel where rooms often cost up to $1,500 per night, and allowed Mr. Menendez the use of a private jet.
Federal prosecutors said that the Senator “sold his office for a lifestyle that he couldn’t afford.”
The Newark jury weighing the Menendez case will begin deliberations from scratch on Monday after a juror said last week that the Senator is being “railroaded” and predicted a mistrial. “It looks like a hung jury,” said Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby after being released from jury duty due to a long-planned vacation.
Instead of addressing the corruption scandal head-on, some Democrats have resorted to deflecting attention away from the matter. Sen. Durbin said President Trump should instead discuss the scandal regarding Republican Roy Moore who stands accused of molesting a 14-year-old Alabama girl in 1979 while he was the Assistant District Attorney.
“President Trump is the leader of the Republican Party in America,” Sen. Durbin said on CNN. “It’s his responsibility to step forward and say more and do more when it comes to the situation in Alabama.”
Democrats refused to admit if Sen. Bob Menendez should resign if he’s convicted of bribery. Should Democrats condemn Menendez’ actions and call for his resignation?
In response to this sentiment, conservative author Dinesh D’Souza tweeted, “Funny but I haven’t heard the media Left call for Bob Menendez—accused by feds of trafficking in underage women—to step down,” referring to the Roy Moore case.
This reluctance on the Democrats’ part to even acknowledge this wrongdoing on behalf of Sen. Menendez should be disturbing to Americans who voted for them in the first place.