AOC calls on Bob Menendez to step down following bribery allegations

 September 25, 2023

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez has been in the spotlight ever since federal authorities indicted him late last week on bribery charges.

While Republicans like former President Donald Trump have called for the senator's resignation, they aren't alone in doing so. According to Breitbart, New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez agrees that it's time for Menendez to go.  

Ocasio-Cortez: Menendez should leave for the " dignity" of Congress

"The details in this indictment are extremely serious," Breitbart quoted Ocasio-Cortez as telling CBS News host Margaret Brennan during a Sunday appearance on "Face the Nation."

"They involve the nature of, of not just his but all of our seats in Congress," the New York lawmaker went on to declare.

"I want to emphasize that all people are- they must be extended the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. That is the legal reality in our country," she stressed.

"But when it comes to the political and the standard of dignity that we want to maintain for the public in the United States Congress, I do believe it is in- in the best interests," Ocasio-Cortez concluded.

Democratic congressman will launching primary challenge

Ocasio-Cortez is not the only member of her party to go after Menendez, as New Jersey Democratic Rep. Andy Kim released a statement this weekend announcing that he will be launching a primary challenge against the longtime senator.

"After calls to resign, Senator Menendez said 'I am not going anywhere,'" Kim wrote in a tweet on Saturday. "As a result, I feel compelled to run against him."

"Not something I expected to do, but NJ deserves better. We cannot jeopardize the Senate or compromise our integrity," he added.

Bribery scheme reportedly involved the Egyptian government

Fox News reported that Menendez is accused of getting gold bars and other valuables in exchange for helping the Egyptian government.

The scheme is also said to have included Nadine Menendez, as well as New Jersey real estate developer Fred Daibes, businessman Jose Uribe, and Wael Hana, who runs a halal meat certification business.

"Menendez also improperly advised and pressured an official at the United States Department of Agriculture for the purpose of protecting a business monopoly granted to Hana by Egypt and used in part to fund the bribes being paid to Menendez through Nadine Menendez," the indictment was quoted as saying.




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