Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has joined a growing number of Democrats calling for New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez' resignation after he was indicted last week on bribery charges.
According to Politico, Pelosi made that statement during an interview on Monday with MSNBC host Jen Psaki, saying it "probably would be a good idea" for Menendez to step down.
The California lawmaker's comment came just one day after New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez expressed similar sentiments while speaking with CBS News host Margaret Brennan.
"The details in this indictment are extremely serious," Ocasio-Cortez told Brennan. "They involve the nature of, of not just his but all of our seats in Congress."
"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 declared.
Meanwhile, New Jersey Democratic Rep. Andy Kim announced this past weekend that he will launch a primary challenge against Menendez.
"After calls to resign, Senator Menendez said 'I am not going anywhere.As a result, I feel compelled to run against him," Kim said on Saturday.
After calls to resign, Senator Menendez said “I am not going anywhere.” 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. Please join me:https://t.co/QFIaMsgJc9
— Andy Kim (@AndyKimNJ) September 23, 2023
"Not something I expected to do, but NJ deserves better. We cannot jeopardize the Senate or compromise our integrity," he added.
Fox News reported that Menendez is accused of getting gold bars and other valuables in exchange for helping the Egyptian government.
The scheme is said to have included his wife, Nadine Menendez, along with New Jersey real estate developer Fred Daibes, businessman Jose Uribe, and halal meat certification specialist Wael Hana.
"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.