The Hill published my column on the latest indictment against Senator Robert Menendez. In line with what I predicted in my column, Menendez’s colleagues have now expressed disgust over his corruption. Menendez has not been abandoned because he is corrupt, but for his excessive consumption.
This is the column:
The indictment against Sen. Robert Menendez Washington has been shaken by the arrival of (D-N.J.), his wife, and their children.
Menendez, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is one of the most influential Democratic members in Congress and has been a leader of the Democratic Party for many years. He’s also been accused for a long time of corruption that is open and insatiable.
Menendez was not a star in Washington because of his corruption, but rather his audacity to follow them. This signature conduct was witnessed by me on the Senate floor.
In 2010, I defended a federal judge, Thomas Porteous, in his impeachment trial, against charges that he had taken gifts and misused his office for personal gain. Senate trials are unique in that they have juries made up of people whom you would be able to dismiss on grounds of cause in a regular court. Menendez was among those sitting in judgment of Porteous, but he wasn’t just…