(PatriotNewsDaily.com) – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has avoided making any statements regarding whether indicted Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) should step down or be expelled from Congress. On Wednesday, he specifically told reporters that this was an issue that the Democrats would need to address.
Senate Republicans have not taken a position in this case and are instead waiting to see what the Democrat’s response will be to the 39-page indictment filed by federal prosecutors in the South District of New York last week. Around half of all Senate Democrats have called for the resignation of the Senator from New Jersey, including many of the top Democrats in the Senate.
On Wednesday, the No. 2-ranking Democratic leader and Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), the Senate President Pro Tempore, and Debbie Stabenow (MI) the chairwoman of the Senate Democratic Policy & Communications Committee all called for Menendez to step down.
However, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), has avoided making a similar statement and instead claimed that he would be waiting to hear the statements Menendez would make on Thursday when he is set to speak to the Democratic conference. He added that much like everyone else he was disappointed and disturbed to have read about the indictment, especially as he has known Menendez for many years.
He added that Menendez would first be called to talk to the Democratic caucus before any decisions regarding the next steps were taken.
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