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Fetterman again calls for Menendez to be expelled

By: - January 4, 2024 2:25 pm

Sen. Bob Menendez. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Michael Schwenk)

U.S. Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) is re-upping his call for his colleagues in the United States Senate to remove U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) from office, following the latest revelation that the New Jersey Democrat has been accused of accepting bribes to benefit Qatar

“Now, accused of selling his honor and our nation for a $24,000 watch.  Accused as a foreign agent for *two* nations. How much more before we finally expel @SenatorMenendez ?,” Fetterman posted to X, the social media website formerly known as Twitter, late on Tuesday night. 

Fetterman’s office did not respond to the Capital-Star’s request for additional comment. 

On Tuesday, federal authorities issued a new superseding indictment against Menendez over the allegations relating to his involvement with Qatar’s government. 

Menendez was first indicted in September, for conspiring to act as a foreign agent for Egypt. He was charged with four counts of corruption and bribery.

Menendez’s attorney Adam Fee described the latest allegations as a “stink of desperation” and claimed that the New Jersey senator “acted entirely appropriately with respect to Qatar, Egypt, and the many other countries he routinely interacts with.”

Fetterman was the first member of the U.S. Senate to call for Menendez to resign, following the first indictment in September. 

“He’s entitled to the presumption of innocence under our system, but he is not entitled to continue to wield influence over national policy, especially given the serious and specific nature of the allegations,” Fetterman said in a statement in September. “I hope he chooses an honorable exit and focuses on his trial.”

Many Democrats joined Fetterman’s call for Menendez to resign, including U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-4th District).

But thus far, Fetterman is the only Democrat to call for Menendez’s expulsion from the Senate. In December, when Republican George Santos  was expelled from the U.S. House, Fetterman said on the TV show The View that Menendez “did more sinister kinds of things,” and questioned why Santos was expelled but Menendez was not.

Fetterman’s campaign paid Santos to record a video via Cameo trolling Menendez.

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John Cole
John Cole

John Cole is a journalist based in Philadelphia. He's worked for various outlets such as The Northeast Times, PoliticsPA, and PCN. In these previous roles, he covered a wide range of topics from local civic association meetings to races across the commonwealth. He earned a degree in journalism from Temple University.