Sen. John Fetterman marveled at people who seem more concern about a dress code than alleged corruption.
Fetterman told Semafor that aspects of Sen. Bob Menendez's alleged corruption would "make the Goodfellas blush."
Fetterman, a Pennsylvania Democrat, is thus far the only Senate Democrat to call on Menendez to resign.
Democratic Sen. John Fetterman on Monday marveled at how people will freak out over the sanctity of the Senate dress code but demur at calling out Sen. Bob Menendez's alleged corruption as laid out by federal prosecutors.
"It is a strange world that I work in when someone will run into a burning building to save the virtue of the Senate over hoodies and shorts, but will simultaneously embrace gold bars in a mattress or envelopes stuffed with so much cash that would make the Goodfellas blush," Fetterman, a Pennsylvania Democrat, wrote in a text message to Semafor's Dave Weigel.
Fetterman is thus far the only Democratic senator to call for Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, to resign in the wake of shocking corruption charges. A freshman Democrat, Fetterman's move came after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and other top officials in the state called on Menendez to step down after federal prosecutors accused the long-time politician and his wife of accepting "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in bribes in exchange for Menendez secretly helping the Egyptian government.
Fetterman has made light over the uproar in the nation's capital over Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's decision to relax the dress code for the Senate, a move that favors Fetterman's tendency to wear hoodies and shorts. Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, has told reporters that he is writing a resolution to return sartorial sanity to the chamber.
Menendez on Monday afternoon repeated his vow to not resign in the face of the indictment, pointing out that he beat previous corruption charges in 2017 after a jury deadlocked. He responded to one of the indictment's claims that envelopes full of cash stuffed into monogrammed jackets were part of the evidence of the bribery scheme.
"For 30 years, I have withdrawn thousands of dollars in cash from my personal savings account, which I have kept for emergencies, and because of the history of my family facing confiscation in Cuba," Menendez said in a public statement he delivered in Union City, New Jersey, where he started his political career. "Now this may seem old-fashioned, but these were monies drawn from my personal savings account, based on the income that I have lawfully derived over those 30 years."
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