Senator Bob Menendez has been accused of heinous crimes, which should have him not only disavowed by his party and every elected official on the planet, but potentially imprisoned for life.
That hasn't stopped Bernie Sanders from attempting to dodge the question as to whether or not Bob Menendez should resign, a sign of hypocrisy in the Democratic Party which continues to defend their own ilk while attacking President Trump on blind accusations alone.
Bernie Sanders appeared on CNN today and was asked on whether or not he believed Bob Menendez should resign. His answer was the typical leftist mantra of defense and zero accountability.
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Bernie said, ““Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa,” Sanders told Jake Tapper on CNN’s ‘State of the Union” Sunday morning. “You know, I think in this country, people are entitled to due process. I’m not into speculating what if. That will be Menendez’s decision. He has not been convicted. Let the process take its course.”
“You know, in America, that’s what it’s about. You have a trail and people. The jury makes its decision. They have not made their decision, so I think it’s a little bit premature to be talking about that,” said the Vermont Senator.
Senator Sanders isn't alone in this endorsement of waiting for <i>due process</i> for Democrats whilst never hesitating to attack the President of the United States of America however.
Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Claire McCaskill, Joe Manchin, Jon Tester, Debbie Stabenow, and Ben Cardin have all continued to defend Menendez despite some of the allegations against him suggesting he may even be a pedophile.
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Unironically Senator Bob Menendez is being accused as well and allegedly investigated by the FBI for traveling to the Dominican Republic to have sex with underage prostitutes.
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If he were to be found guilty of such charges he would face up to thirty years in prison, and disgrace the integrity of all elected officials further than their reputation is already battered by continuous decades of corruption.
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Menendez and his defense of course have continued to deny the sexual allegations which date back many years.
Despite the claims against him, Senator Menendez also voted in favor of the Prosecutorial Remedies And Other Tools To End The Exploitation Of Children Today, also known as the Protect Act.
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If you read the above law, you may have noticed the specific phrasing, <i>“A person who travels in interstate commerce or travels into the United States, or a United States citizen or an alien admitted for permanent residence in the United States who travels in foreign commerce, for the purpose of engaging in any illicit sexual conduct with another person shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both.”</i>
Even more so suggestive, during Menendez’s break from his current corruption trial he's taking <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/29/democrat-menendez-off-to-caribbean-during-break-in-nj-corruption-trial.html"><i>a trip to the Caribbean</i></a> whilst he has time off from the trial.
While that trip alone isn't convincing of any crime, it certainly doesn't support his case after being accused of engaging in paying for prostitution with Dominican Republic children.
What we do indeed know about the case is that indicted back in April of 2015 on multiple counts of bribery and corruption, New Jersey senator Robert Menendez, whom you might remember as one of the "gang of eight" from the 2013 comprehensive immigration bill, stands accused of using his influence to benefit one of his top donor friends; married eye doctor 60 year old Salomon Melgen in exchange for campaign contributions.
Melgen allegedly contributed more than $1 million to Menendez for his services. The bribes came in the form of financial campaign contributions and gifts. North Jersey listed them in chronological order:
In August of 2010 flights: Menendez flew in Melgen's jet from Washington to the Dominican Republic for a vacation at Melgen's villa in Casa De Campo, then back to Teterboro three days later. Menendez Reimbursed Melgen, at charter rates, in January 2013, after an investigation was launched. (Bribery counts 3 and 4)
In September of 2010 flights and hotel: Menendez and a guest flew in Melgen's jet to the Dominican Republic to attend a wedding in Punta Cana with Melgen and his wife. After staying in a hotel, for which Melgen Paid $770, Menendez and guest flew back to Teterboro three days later. Menendez reimbursed Melgen for the cost of the flights in January 2013. (Bribery counts 5 and 6, and Honest services fraud count 15)
In October of 2010 flights: Melgen bought an $890 first-class ticket for Menendez to fly from Newark to Florida, then paid $8,037 two days later for Menendez to take a charter flight back to the Washington, D.C. area. (Bribery counts 7 and 8 and Honest services fraud count 16)
In May of 2012 contributions: After an email request from Menendez's chief of staff, Melgen and his family gave $60,000, of which $20,000 went to the Fund to Uphold the Constitution, a legal expense fund Menendez created to battle a recall effort; and $40,000 to the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (Bribery counts 9 and 10)
In June of 2012 contributions: Melgen's clinic, Vitreo-Retinal Consultants, gave $300,000 earmarked for New Jersey to Majority PAC, a national super PAC working to keep Democrats in the Senate majority. (Bribery counts 11 and 12)
In September-October of 2012 contributions: $403,500 donated by VRC between Sept. 30 and Oct. 12 included $103,500 combined to county Democratic organizations of Camden, Essex, Passaic and Union counties and $300,000 to Majority PAC. (Bribery counts 13 and 14; Honest services fraud count 17)
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All of these claims have lead both Republicans and Democrats to attempt to put together a potential replacement bid for the seat of Menendez if he is indeed convicted.
There is astounding evidence to support the claims, yet Democrats refuse to take a proper stance here.
So what now? Now we watch the mainstream media continue to cover this story up as merely <i>corruption</i> charges; and we watch the Democratic Party implode further.
Grab your popcorn. This ride has only just began.