(RepublicanJournal.org) – New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) recently sat down with ABC’s Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation” to discuss US foreign and domestic policy. The correspondent brought up the bribery charges that have just surfaced against New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez (D), and AOC said he should resign in light of the current controversy.
AOC stated during the September 24 interview that she doesn’t care if Menendez is a Democrat or a Republican because the charges against him are serious. She notes that the allegations attack the integrity of every legislative seat. Responding to his claims that he was attacked for being a Latino, the New York representative says she agrees racial bias does exist, but the indictment against Menendez is “quite clear.” She adds that she wants to respect the fact that all suspects in the United States are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, but political standards are important as well.
Other Democrats have shared similar sentiments. Rep. Jeff Jackson (NC) reportedly put Menendez in the same category as Republican Rep. George Santos, noting on X, formerly Twitter, that the lawmakers deserved similar treatment. Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) also took to X with his thoughts, stating he felt the House needed to “raise the ethical bar.” Sen John Fetterman (D-PA) agreed, according to NPR, echoing AOC’s sentiments that Menendez deserved his day in court but shouldn’t be responsible for US policy until he could clear his name.
The New York Times released a copy of the indictment. It states that Menendez allegedly accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from businessmen connected to the Arab Republic of Egypt. In return, the defendant reportedly used his influence as a senator to push for a personnel appointment and pressure other officials into making decisions that would benefit the foreign power. Specifically, Menendez stands accused of manipulating the system so that Egypt could have access to military funding and sniper rifle sales despite previous US sanctions.
Menendez reportedly faced unrelated bribery charges in 2015, according to The Hill, but they were dropped during his trial in 2017 after the proceedings led to a hung jury.
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