Democrat lawmaker renews call to expel Menendez after latest bribery charges

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Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., renewed calls to expel embattled Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N. J., after the latest round of federal bribery charges alleged he accepted gifts and race car tickets in exchange for aiding Qatar.

"Now, accused of selling his honor and our nation for a $24,000 watch," Fetterman wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. "Accused as a foreign agent for *two* nations. How much more before we finally expel [Sen. Menendez]?"

Fetterman initially called on Menendez to resign in September after the first indictment.

"Senator Menendez should resign. 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. I hope he chooses an honorable exit and focuses on his trial," Fetterman said in a statement at the time.

Then, in December, he stepped up his rhetoric against Menendez and called for his expulsion after Rep. George Santos, R-N. Y., was expelled from the House after federal officials indicted him on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, falsification of records, credit card fraud and other charges.

"But to me, I think the more important picture is that we have a colleague in the Senate that has actually did more sinister and serious kinds of things. Sen. Menendez. He needs to go," Fetterman told the hosts on ABC’s "The View."

"And if you are going to expel Santos, how can you allow somebody like Menendez to remain in the Senate?... (Read more)