Menendez’s Daughter Speaks Out On MSNBC

The daughter of embattled Democratic Senator Bob Menendez said she’s going to stay out of her father’s case.

Alicia Menendez, a host on MSNBC, quickly addressed the criminal indictment her father is facing, saying to viewers on Saturday that she’d be removing herself from all reporting about the case.
As she said on the air:

“Last week, a grand jury indicted U.S. Senator Bob Menendez. This past week, dozens of members of his own party have demanded his resignation. I have been watching, along with all of you, as a citizen and also as his daughter. I will not be reporting on the legal case.

“That said, my colleagues across MSNBC and NBC News, they have aggressively covered the story, and they’ll continue to do so, as they should.”

She then moved on to another topic for her show.

The senator from New Jersey was indicted on September 22 on various charges of bribery. Last Wednesday, both he and his wife pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Menendez has long been accused of being a dirty politician, and now, he’ll have to face those charges in a much more serious fashion than the court of public opinion.

In the wake of the formal indictment against Menendez, many of his fellow lawmakers have said he should resign. In fact, more than a dozen of his Democratic colleagues on the Senate have called on him to step down, including Cory Booker, the other U.S. senator from New Jersey.

In a recent statement, Booker said:

“Stepping down is not an admission of guilt but an acknowledgment that holding public office demands tremendous sacrifices at great personal cost. Senator Menendez has made these sacrifices in the past to serve. And in this case, he must do so again. I believe stepping down is best for those Senator Menendez has spent his life serving.”

According to the indictment, Mendendez along with his wife “engaged in a corrupt relationship” with three businessmen from his home state from 2018 at least through 2022.

The indictment accuses the couple of accepting “hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribes in exchange for using Menendez’s power and influence as a senator to seek to protect and enrich Hana, Uribe, and Daibes and to benefit the Arab Republic of Egypt.”

Despite the official criminal charges, and the various calls for him to resign, Menendez has remained defiant as always, saying he’ll be staying in office.

Following a closed-door meeting that he held with other Democrats recently, Menendez said:

“I will continue to cast votes on behalf of the people of New Jersey as I have for 18 years. I think [Senate Majority Leader Chuck] Schumer may need those votes. He’ll be looking forward for me to cast them.”

And after his official indictment was announced, Menendez released a statement that said it’s been a “smear campaign” that’s gone on for the last year. The statement read:

“For years, forces behind the scenes have repeatedly attempted to silence my voice and dig my political grave. Since this investigation was leaked nearly a year ago, there has been an active smear campaign of anonymous sources and innuendos to create an air of impropriety where none exists.”