Fetterman Weighs In On Memendez's 'Blame Your Wife' Strategy

By Javier Sanchez | Monday, 20 May 2024 04:10 PM
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In a recent development, Senator John Fetterman (D-Penn.) has publicly criticized his colleague, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), for what he perceives as a "blaming your wife" defense strategy in Menendez's ongoing bribery trial.

The trial, which began last week in Manhattan, has drawn significant attention from the political sphere.

Fetterman voiced his criticism during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday. He pointed out that he was the first senator to call for Menendez's resignation following his indictment last year. "And I really can't imagine who — either it was his idea or he was convinced that blaming your wife, who is suffering from cancer, is really an effective strategy or how that's going to go over," Fetterman said to co-host Jake Tapper.

The bribery trial involves Menendez, his wife Nadine Menendez, and three New Jersey businessmen. They are accused of participating in a bribery scheme where extravagant gifts were allegedly exchanged for political influence. Due to Nadine Menendez's ongoing battle with breast cancer, she and her husband will face separate trials.

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During the opening statements of the trial, Menendez's defense team attempted to distance the senator's actions from those of his wife. Defense attorney Avi Weitzman presented a slide to the jurors that resembled a "Where's Waldo" puzzle, but with "Where's Bob?" as the title. Weitzman urged the jurors to recall this slide whenever evidence involving Nadine Menendez was presented, emphasizing that the couple led "separate lives."

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Fetterman's outspoken criticism of Menendez has raised eyebrows among his fellow Democrats, as most have been relatively silent regarding the New Jersey senator's legal troubles. Fetterman reiterated on Sunday his belief that Menendez should not receive classified briefings about Egypt and Qatar.

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"He's entitled to his day in court, the way he's having right now, but he's not entitled to be a United States senator," Fetterman stated. "He's certainly not entitled to receive a kind of classified briefing so about Egypt and Qatar, since he was essentially accused of being an agent for them as well."

"I don't understand why anybody would be OK with that," he added, further emphasizing his disapproval of Menendez's continued role in the Senate amidst his legal issues.

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