Menendez Refuses to Resign, Says Cash Was 'Lawfully Derived'
Summary from AllSides News Team
Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) refused to resign on Monday, saying he expected to be exonerated in his first public remarks since federal prosecutors charged him with bribery on Friday.
Key Quote: “For 30 years, I have withdrawn thousands of dollars in cash from my personal savings account, which I have kept for emergencies and because of the history of my family facing confiscation in Cuba,” Menendez said at a press conference in New Jersey, adding that the $480,000 in cash was “based on the income I have lawfully derived over those 30 years.” Menendez did not address other allegations, including the gold bars discovered by investigators, and he did not take questions from reporters.
For Context: Democratic and Republican lawmakers called on Menendez to resign after he was charged with accepting bribes to benefit three New Jersey businessmen and the Egyptian government. Menendez temporarily stepped down from his position as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Friday. On Saturday, Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ) said he would challenge Menendez in the 2024 Democratic primary. Menendez was also charged with bribery in 2017, but a judge declared a mistrial when the jury failed to reach a verdict.
How the Media Covered It: Mainstream news coverage was generally similar across bias ratings; some coverage from the right focused on Menendez’s hiring of a lawyer who also represents Hunter Biden. Some headlines sensationalized the story, framing Menendez as guilty; HuffPost (Left bias) called him “GOLD BAR BOB,” and the New York Post (Lean Right bias) used the tagline, “BOB AND WEAVE.”
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From the RightSen. Bob Menendez pulls Cuba card, says piles of cash feds found from his savings
Sen. Bob Menendez on Monday denounced efforts to prosecute him on federal bribery charges, saying he withdrew piles of cash that federal agents found at his home that they claim link him to the crimes — because he is the son of Cuban immigrants.
“For 30 years, I have withdrawn thousands of dollars in cash from my personal savings account, which I have kept for emergencies, and because of the history of my family facing confiscation in Cuba,” Menendez (D-NJ), 69, said at a press conference in his hometown of Union...
From the CenterDefiant Menendez refuses to resign after indictment
Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said Monday that he has no plans to step down and maintained that he will be exonerated on federal bribery charges.
Menendez remained defiant in his first public remarks since his federal indictment Friday.
He told supporters and media that Democrats in New Jersey are making a mistake by calling on him to resign and that he fully expects to remain in the upper chamber for years to come.
“The allegations leveled against me are just that: allegations,” Menendez told the crowd in Union City, N.J. “I recognized that...
From the LeftSen. Bob Menendez indicates he will not resign after indictment on bribery charges
U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., suggested Monday that he will not resign from his Senate seat amid federal corruption charges and predicted he would be cleared of wrongdoing.
“I firmly believe that when all the facts are presented, not only will I be exonerated, but I still will be New Jersey’s senior senator.” Menendez told reporters at a press conference in Union City, N.J., where he once served as mayor. They were his first public remarks since the charges against him were unsealed Friday.
Menendez also offered an explanation for the $480,000...