Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez Will Step Down As Foreign Relations Chairman | EUROtoday

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Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) will briefly step down as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as he faces federal corruption costs, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) mentioned Friday.

“Bob Menendez has been a dedicated public servant and is always fighting hard for the people of New Jersey. He has a right to due process and a fair trial,” Schumer mentioned in a quick assertion. “Senator Menendez has rightly decided to step down temporarily from his position as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee until the matter has been resolved.”

It’s not a lot of a concession by Menendez handy over the committee gavel. It appears to be like like he had no alternative, given the foundations of the Democratic Conference, which state:

“Any Member of the Conference who serves as chair or ranking member of a standing, select, special, or joint committee who is charged with a felony shall immediately step aside in favor of the next most senior eligible Democratic member of the committee in question, who shall serve as acting chair or ranking member.”

The New Jersey Democrat was indicted earlier Friday on costs of accepting bribes together with $100,000 in gold bars and $480,000 in money in trade for official acts that aided an Egyptian American businessman.

Menendez has denied the allegations, saying in a press release that he’s being prosecuted by individuals who “simply cannot accept that a first generation Latino-American from humble beginnings could rise to be a U.S. Senator and serve with honor and distinction.”

It’s the second time that Menendez has been indicted on corruption costs. In 2017, his trial ended with a deadlocked jury. He gained reelection in 2018.

A handful of Democrats are already calling on the New Jersey senator to resign, together with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and New Jersey Rep. Andy Kim.