Sen­ate GOP leaves Menen­dez judg­ment to jury as Democ­rats split on res­ig­na­tion demand

Sen­a­tors were flood­ed with ques­tions about Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D‑NJ) fed­er­al indict­ment on bribery charges when they returned to Wash­ing­ton on Tues­day.
Sen­a­tors typ­i­cal­ly return to their home states for the week­end on Thurs­day and head back to Wash­ing­ton on Mon­day or Tues­day, with con­fer­ence lun­cheons sched­uled for the next day. The Menen­dez indict­ment was hand­ed down on Fri­day, mean­ing that mem­bers have not yet had the chance to dis­cuss the news with large swaths of their col­leagues.
CORY BOOKER CALLS ON NEW JERSEY COLLEAGUE MENENDEZ TO RESIGN AMID INDICTMENT UPROAR
A num­ber of mem­bers on both sides did not wait to hear from their con­fer­ence to speak out on the charges. Near­ly half of the Sen­ate Demo­c­ra­t­ic Con­fer­ence, includ­ing Sen. Cory Book­er (D‑NJ), has called on Menen­dez to resign. Oth­ers, includ­ing Sen­ate Major­i­ty Leader Chuck Schumer (D‑NY) and Major­i­ty Whip Dick Durbin (D‑IL), have demurred on the mat­ter while acknowl­edg­ing the seri­ous­ness of the alle­ga­tions.
“The beau­ty about the Unit­ed States is the rule of law. Every­one’s inno­cent until proven guilty,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D‑WV) told reporters on …