On Monday, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) reportedly became the second Senate Democrat to call for the resignation of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who was indicted on federal bribery charges late last week.
Menendez and his wife Nadine are accused of accepting bribes from three New Jersey merchants to advance their Egyptian interests.
Menendez, who is up for re-election in 2024, has refuted the allegations, claiming that they are part of a “smear campaign” and are “slanderous” in nature.
Democrats in New Jersey have called for Menendez to step down, including House lawmakers, state officials, and governor Phil Murphy (D), but Senate Democrats have been sluggish to follow suit.
Democratic Senate leaders have similarly refrained from doing so.
Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader in the Senate and the majority leader, has merely stated that Menedez’s decision to resign as the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was the appropriate one.
Menendez repeated on Monday that he does not intend to step down in spite of the plethora of calls from within his own party for him to do so.