Menendez trial complicates Schumer’s path to confirming Biden judges

Menendez trial complicates Schumer’s path to confirming Biden judges


The corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is temporarily denying Democrats what could be the decisive vote on several judicial nominees waiting to be confirmed in the Senate.

Menendez, who stands accused of accepting bribes to provide political favors to three New Jersey businessmen and the governments of Qatar and Egypt, attended the second day of jury selection on Tuesday for a trial that is expected to last six or more weeks.

The charges have been a political headache for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). He declined to call for the resignation of Menendez, unlike a majority of his Democratic Senate colleagues, but on repeated occasions has expressed his “deep disappointment.” Menendez has defiantly denied the allegations against him.

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