Schumer con­firms Menen­dez will step down from com­mit­tee chair­man­ship after indict­ment

Sen­ate Major­i­ty Leader Chuck Schumer (D‑NY) con­firmed Fri­day that Sen. Bob Menen­dez (D‑NJ) will be step­ping down as chair­man of the Sen­ate For­eign Rela­tions Com­mit­tee.
“Sen­a­tor Menen­dez has right­ly decid­ed to step down tem­porar­i­ly from his posi­tion as Chair­man of the For­eign Rela­tions Com­mit­tee until the mat­ter has been resolved,” Schumer said in a state­ment released Fri­day after­noon.
TRUMP LOOKING FORWARD TO 2024 GENERAL ELECTION, PAST THE PRIMARIES AND MAYBE 2020
Menen­dez and his wife were accused of tak­ing bribes of gold bars, cash, and a lux­u­ry car in exchange for aid­ing the gov­ern­ment of Egypt and busi­ness­men in New Jer­sey on Fri­day in a new indict­ment.
Pre­vi­ous­ly, Menen­dez stepped down from his perch on the Sen­ate For­eign Rela­tions Com­mit­tee in 2015, when he was fac­ing a dif­fer­ent indict­ment. Schumer defend­ed Menen­dez in the wake of the lat­est indict­ment on Fri­day, empha­siz­ing he should be treat­ed with the pre­sump­tion of inno­cence.
“Bob Menen­dez has been a ded­i­cat­ed pub­lic ser­vant and is always fight­ing hard for the peo­ple of New Jer­sey,” he said. “He has a right to due process and a fair tri­al.”
The indict­ment accus­es Menen­dez of using his pow­er and influ­ence in t …