John Fetterman’s career got turned upside down by these criminal charges

Mar 15, 2024

Democrat Senator John Fetterman’s been at the center of some of the strangest controversies since running for office.

But now Fetterman finds himself embroiled in a nasty dispute. 

And John Fetterman’s career got turned upside down by these criminal charges.

Fetterman doubles down on call for the Senate to expel Bob Menendez

New Jersey Democrat Senator Bob Menendez was already facing criminal charges for taking bribes and acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government.

Now, Menendez is facing a superseding indictment on charges of obstruction of justice, being a public official acting as a foreign agent, bribery, extortion, and honest services wire fraud.

When the first set of charges came down, Democrat Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman called on the Senate to expel Menendez.

But Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer refused to act against a fellow Democrat.

In the wake of the second set of criminal charges, Fetterman expressed exasperation, telling CNN’s Manu Raju that it is “clear that my colleagues want to keep him [Menendez] around.”

“And now we have his trial in less than two months and that’s going to handle it,” Fetterman added.

“What does it say about this institution that he’s still serving in here?” Raju asked in response.

Fetterman stunned Raju by saying all it meant was that the other Democrats in the Senate are okay with a “sleazeball” remaining on the job.

“I don’t know what it says other than that they’re just okay with having a sleazeball in the Senate,” Fetterman shot back.

Senate won’t follow example House set in expelling George Santos

Raju discussed the Fetterman interview with his panel on Inside Politics where Punch Bowl News’ John Bresnahan pointed out the Senate refused to even strip Menendez of his committee assignments. 

“Well traditionally, members who are indicted, criminal charges, they, in the House particularly, they lose committee assignments — he hasn’t lost those here — but they can remain members. And of course, Menendez went through this before and he ended up being acquitted. He got his job back, he got his post back on Foreign Relations,” Bresnahan explained.

“Much different case,” Raju replied.

Bresnahan agreed and added that Democrats’ refusal to boot Menendez from the Foreign Relations Committee means that Menendez still has access to classified information despite facing charges that he acted as an unregistered agent of a foreign government.

“A much different case but he rolled right — allegedly, if you’re the government, the Justice Department — he rolled right from that into this current corruption scheme. Now, like Schumer got beat up over this last week, reporters were pressing him. He’s not only on Foreign Relations, he’s on a national security task force, which is kind of, you know, why is he doing this?” responded Bresnahan. “So I mean, look, he has the right to go in front of a jury and present his case, you know. But there is pressure to have him resign, but leadership is never going to do, they’re never going to — Schumer is never going to do it.”

The House of Representatives expelled George Santos when the Justice Department indicted him on campaign finance charges.

The fact that Senate Democrats won’t go along with expelling Menendez despite allegations Menendez passed along sensitive information about a U.S. embassy to the Egyptian government speaks volumes about their priorities.

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