Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said Friday night he will not heed calls from several Democratic lawmakers, including New Jersey’s governor, to resign following his indictment on federal bribery charges earlier in the day.
Menendez and his wife, Nadine Menendez, have been accused by prosecutors for the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York of accepting thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for using the senator’s power and influence to protect and enrich a group of New Jersey businesspeople and benefit the government of Egypt.
“Those who believe in justice believe in innocence until proven guilty,” Menendez, who resigned as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement late Friday, according to The Hill. “I intend to continue to fight for the people of New Jersey with the same success I’ve had for the past five decades. This is the same record of success these very same leaders have lauded all along.
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