Fetterman Calls for Menendez’s Senate Expulsion
On Friday morning, Sen. John Fetterman, D-Penn., joined ABC’s “The View” and called for the expulsion of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., from the U.S. Senate. Fetterman, who has been a vocal critic of Menendez, joked that the senator is more of a “Senator from Egypt, not New Jersey.”
The conversation began when co-host Joy Behar brought up the recent expulsion of Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., from the House of Representatives. Santos was indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, falsification of records, and other charges. Fetterman stated that if Santos deserved to be expelled, then Menendez should too, after being federally charged for participating in a bribery scheme.
Fetterman referred to Menendez’s ongoing legal troubles, stating, “Senator Menendez needs to go, and especially it’s kind of strange that if Santos is not allowed to remain in the House, someone like that can remain in the Senate.” Fetterman has been one of more than a dozen Senate Democrats that have called on Menendez to resign in the past.
Menendez has been under federal investigation since 2012 when it was alleged that he accepted gifts and campaign donations from a wealthy donor in exchange for political favors. While the case ended in a mistrial, the Department of Justice decided to retry Menendez in 2017, and he was eventually acquitted.
The current charges against Menendez allege that since 2018, three businessmen have paid Menendez hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, including cash, gold, and even a Mercedes-Benz. In return, Menendez was expected to use his power and influence to protect and enrich the businessmen and the government of Egypt.
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Weak @HouseGOP members cave on Santos meanwhile Menedez is left alone? Same goes for Tlaib, Omar, etc.
The hypocrisy is rich from the Uniparty and Uncle Fester gets it… https://t.co/YxNvbCWSDS
— Nebraska Freedom Coalition (@NebraskaFreedom) December 1, 2023
Fetterman continued to draw parallels between Santos and Menendez, stating, “Santos’ lies were almost funny, and like he, you know, landed on the moon. That kinda stuff. Whereas, you know, Menendez I think is really a Senator for Egypt, not New Jersey.”
Santos was expelled from Congress in a 311 to 114 vote on Friday morning. The lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and his trial is set to begin in July. Santos has also been accused of using campaign funds for personal luxuries, including botox treatments.
Menendez’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Fetterman’s comments and the ongoing calls for his resignation. However, Fetterman and other Democrats who have called for Menendez’s resignation maintain that his actions are a far more serious issue and warrant his expulsion from the Senate.
As for Santos, his expulsion from the House sends a strong message that corruption will not be tolerated in Congress. It remains to be seen if Menendez will face similar consequences. For now, Fetterman and others will continue to push for his expulsion and accountability for his alleged actions.