Full Text of Indictment of Senator Menendez

The indictment can be read here; he becomes the twelfth Senator to be indicted in the history of that body. What can be the consequences? As this Senate site states: “If a federal official commits a crime or otherwise acts improperly, the House of Representatives may impeach—formally charge—that official. If the official subsequently is convicted in a Senate impeachment trial, he is removed from office.” (The operative word here is “may”.) The following CRS reports can be of value: Status of a Senator Who Has Been Indicted for or Convicted of a Felony (2008); and  Senate Select Committee on Ethics: A Brief History of Its Evolution and Jurisdiction (2015). Reportage in: The New York Times; NJ Spotlight; and PolitickerNJ. For further elucidation, A Brief History of Indicted Senators (from Time and dealing with the first eleven) is recommended. Of course, Senator Menendez is not the first from New Jersey to be indicted; we also can look to the case of Senator Harrison Williams (additional info here).

 

 

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