Bob Menendez

Menendez Will Miss Votes During Corruption Trial

“When the 115th Congress returns to Washington on September 5, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) will likely be absent: His federal corruption trial is set to begin here the following day,” the New York Times reports.

“But when the Senate moves to vote on major bills during the fall – including on the debt ceiling, his plan to overhaul the National Flood Insurance Program, even an unpredictable major foreign policy decision – Senator Menendez will be caught between his desire to remain in front of jurors and his congressional obligation to fight for his constituents.”

Supreme Court Refuses to Dismiss Menendez Charges

“The Supreme Court has rejected Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-NJ) attempt to throw out the bribery and corruption charges against him, setting the stage for a trial for the New Jersey Democrat this fall,” Politico reports.

“With Monday’s announcement, Menendez can no longer block the proceedings against him from moving forward, a major setback for his efforts to avoid criminal trial.”

Kirk Says Menendez Was Indicted for Opposing Iran Deal

Sen. Mark Kirk is on audio defending indicted Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) while accusing President Obama of targeting Menendez because of his stance on Iran, Politico reports.

Said Kirk: “And let me say something about Bob Menendez. I believe that Bob Menendez was indicted solely on the crime of opposing the President on Iran.”

Menendez Fights for His Political Life

New York Times: “In grappling with his current crisis, Mr. Menendez has drawn on a set of tactics that have long made him an imposing power broker. He embodies a certain brand of New Jersey politics, winning renown among Democrats for his skill at forging electoral coalitions, and for the ironhanded methods he has used to advance his allies and maintain order in a politically fractious state.”

“The senator’s pugnacious tone has come as little surprise to local allies, some of whom have heard from him privately as Mr. Menendez worked to shore up support. He and his advisers pressed for statements of solidarity from state Democrats, even before the specific charges against Mr. Menendez were released, in order to demonstrate the senator’s broad backing.”

“Mr. Menendez has rejected suggestions that he announce now, as he fights the criminal case, that he will not run for re-election in 2018.”

Huffington Post: Menendez indictment reads like indictment of Citizens United ruling

Klobuchar Will Return Menendez Contributions

An aide to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) told the Associated Press the senator will return campaign contributions she received from Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who was charged with 14 criminal counts, including bribery.

USA Today notes Klobuchar “matches the description of a lawmaker known as Senator 1 in the indictment, which says Menendez and this lawmaker agreed to raise $25,000 for each other in their 2012 re-election bids.”