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.
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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