SHBA, shtohen thirrjet për dorëheqen e Senatorit Menendez

2023-09-26 20:28:42, Kosova & Bota CNA

SHBA, shtohen thirrjet për dorëheqen e Senatorit Menendez

Senatori amerikan Bob Menendez po u reziston thirrjeve në rritje për dorëheqjen e tij, pas akuzave se ka marrë ryshfete. Por ndërsa kori i atyre që po i kërkojnë të largohet nga detyra edhe brenda partisë së tij po rritet, disa nga figurat kryesore demokrate në senat po tregohen më të përmbajtur.

Since New York's Southern District Attorney Damian Williams announced the indictment against Senator Menendez on bribery charges, calls for his resignation have increased, including from members of his own Democratic party and especially the Governor of New Jersey, who can appoint in an interim senator in his place if Mr. Menendez resigns.

Democratic senators John Fetterman, Sherrod Brown and Peter Welch who had called for his removal were joined on Tuesday by Tammy Baldwin, Bob Casey and Jon Tester, as well as his home state of New Jersey, Corey Booker.

Mr. Menendez says that these calls are made by people who want to benefit politically.

"Instead of waiting until all the facts are presented, some people are rushing to draw conclusions because they see a political opportunity for themselves or for those around them. All I ask at this time of my colleagues in Congress, the elected leaders and others I have worked with for years, as well as all the citizens of New Jersey, is to wait until all the facts are presented." he said.

Despite the voices calling for his resignation within his party, there are those who have shown restraint. Among them stand out the leader of the majority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, who has said that the New Jersey senator has the right to due process, as well as the leader of the group of Democrats in the Senate, Dick Durbin.

Senator Menedez has temporarily resigned from his role as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, due to the allegations.

His decision to remain in the Senate could complicate his party's efforts to maintain its narrow 51-49 majority, although New Jersey has not elected a Republican to the Senate since 1972.

Mr. Menendez denied the bribery allegations and said the money found in his home was from his personal savings.

"I realize this will be my most important fight yet, but as I've said throughout this process, I have every confidence that when all the facts are presented, I will not only be found not guilty, but I'm still the senior senator from New Jersey," he said.

The senator is accused of receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and gold bars in exchange for services to the Egyptian government and of interfering in investigations against three businessmen.

Prosecutors say he met with Egyptian military and intelligence officials, gave them non-public information about US Embassy staff in Cairo and wrote a letter on Egypt's behalf asking his Senate colleagues to unblock aid. worth 300 million dollars for that country./ VOA

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