Sen. John Fetterman (D) of Pennsylvania reaffirmed his Wednesday demand for his Senate colleagues to expel Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who is in a precarious position due to allegations in a superseding indictment filed by federal prosecutors that Menendez accepted race car tickets and other gifts in exchange for assisting Qatar.
According to federal prosecutors, Fred Daibes, a New Jersey developer and co-defendant of Manuel Fernandez, presented the senator with a selection of luxury timepieces valued at up to $23,990 while he was soliciting capital from an investment firm affiliated with the Qatari government.
“Now, accused of selling his honor and our nation for a $24,000 watch. Accused as a foreign agent for *two* nations. How much more before we finally expel @SenatorMenendez,” Fetterman said in a post to the X platform.
Now, accused of selling his honor and our nation for a $24,000 watch.
Accused as a foreign agent for *two* nations.
— Senator John Fetterman (@SenFettermanPA) January 3, 2024
Prosecutors allege that following the Qatari company’s joint venture with a Daibes-controlled entity, it “facilitated the provision of four Formula One Grand Prix race tickets” to a relative of Menendez in Miami.
In October, federal prosecutors filed a superseding indictment against Menendez, alleging that he conspired to represent Egypt as a foreign agent.
Fetterman requested that the Senate vote on a resolution to expel Menendez at that time.
Menendez has continued to attend classified briefings on national security despite the allegations.
In private, Senate Democrats have deliberated whether the senator from New Jersey ought to be prohibited from attending similar briefings moving forward.