Senator Bob Menendez isn't headed for prison

November 17, 2017

It might surprise you to know that even after a United States senator is convicted of a crime, a two-thirds vote of the Senate is required for removal from office, unless he or she chooses to resign. In the case of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, that would have meant at least 15 Democrats joining with Republicans to oust him. How likely is it that 15 Democrats would join the Republicans in...well, anything? Especially with such a closely divided Senate and a Republican governor still in place who would be appointing his replacement?

But the point is moot. Sen. Menendez won’t be facing such a scenario, at least for now, because his trial on 18 counts that included bribery, conspiracy and making false statements on financial disclosure forms has finally ended in a mistrial. This comes after nine weeks of testimony from 60 witnesses. The most serious of his alleged crimes could have carried a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. So I suppose that if he’d been convicted and had chosen to finish his term in the Senate, he might have had to miss a few votes.


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On the other hand, it might not surprise you at all that as news of the mistrial came in on Thursday, the “big three” news networks had an almost total blackout of coverage on it. Watching their newscasts, one might not even be aware that the Democratic senator had been on trial for nine long weeks. On the other hand, as commentator Tammy Bruce pointed out, CBS News devoted 44 seconds to a report about the bottle of water President Trump was seen drinking. And that’s the way it is.

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  • Michael Quigley

    11/19/2017 09:02 AM

    The serious division, the fearless use of lies, the corruption, the racism on the streets-schools and homes, the angry and evil MSM are all quite frightening. It's like deja vu all over again. The race riots in the 60s along with the anti-Viet Nam protests, sit-ins, walkouts, Black Panthers, etc. Here we go again. Thanks, Obama and Clinton. I know this all makes you smile.

  • Eugene Mellin

    11/17/2017 10:35 PM

    This is the Democratic, Socialist way. The Democrats invented corruption. Read Sharon Engals book. Democrats go in with nothing - They come out multi-millionaires.

    Donald Trump is the best thing that ever happened to America. You want Socialism go live in France, England, Russia.
    And by the way you Democratic, Liberals -- Airheads. If the government gives a big Company a tax break. -- They get to sell their product cheaper. If you raise the taxes on a big corporation they raise their prices and we pay their tax increase... I don't know if you can figure this out, but tax breaks for big companies means cheaper prices. ( I said this twice because liberals are so dumb)

  • Michael Trexler

    11/17/2017 10:20 PM

    Hello Mike, It's a dam shame this is politics these days. I can't believe these people still protesting this President. He is doing a good job and the statistics show it. I'm looking forward for the next year of progress with the administration. Bye the way Love your show TBN...

  • Tom Piselli

    11/17/2017 10:18 PM

    I ignor all of those networks. Not interested in their spin. Many of us are actually capable of thinking for ourselves....... without anyone telling us what to think. What a concept....