Connect with us

Democrats

All charges dropped against Menendez

Published

on

All charges dropped against Menendez

Sitting Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) will not face retrial after the Justice Department decided to drop all remaining criminal charges against him.

Menendez faced more than one dozen criminal counts in his first trial last year, which ended in a hung jury. The presiding federal district judge, William Walls, dismissed seven counts last week.

Justice Department seeks dismissal of Menendez case – POLITICO

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/31/dismissal-of-menendez-case-380230The Justice Department will not pursue its case against Sen. Bob Menendez and has filed a motion seeking the dismissal of the indictment against the New Jersey Democrat.

The decision, revealed in a court filing Wednesday, comes a week after a federal judge acquitted Menendez and co-defendant Salomon Melgen on seven of the 18 counts on which they were tried last year and two weeks after the government announced its intent to retry the duo after a jury deadlocked in November.

My Take

Could there have been political considerations behind the decision to drop charges? Menendez was facing reelection this fall in a safe seat in a dark blue state. Hillary Clinton carried New Jersey by 13 points over Trump in 2016, and the state just elected an Obama-style progressive, Phil Murphy, as Governor in an easy victory over the Republican former lieutenant governor. As such, whomever the Democrats nominated would have been a strong favorite to win.

In the current world of Democratic politics, a Bob Menendez somewhat hawkish on Israel (he was a strong critic of Obama’s Iran deal) would actually now be viewable as a moderate.

Had Menendez been convicted and removed from the ballot, he likely would have been replaced by a strong, Bernie Sanders-style progressive who would represent a far stronger critic of the Trump Administration.

While the decision to drop charges may be defensible in light of the hung jury in the first trial (with all but two jurors voting to acquit), it is also likely that the hung jury is providing the cover for a political decision to keep a relative ally, a friendly pro-Israel Democrat, in the Senate and away from a Kamala Harris-style replacement.

Advertisement

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. ed

    January 31, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Knowing virtually nothing about the charges against Menendez or the history of the case, I believe you raise a good point as we are in an election year where far-more-than-usual Republicans are retiring from politics rather than risk losing re-election.

    Whether they are being pushed out by Trump and his lackeys in DC or whether they are hearing from their constituents that the anger against the GOP that existed in 2016 has not abated (perhaps grown) with the unwillingness of Congress to effect meaningful change (or curbs on Trump’s excesses), makes no difference. We are looking at a Republican party that is more and more becoming a rubber-stamp for the Alt-Right noisemakers with no spine or backbone to stand up for the people that elected them and a WH that values loyalty to the king over loyalty to country or to the people Congress and our law-enforcement institutions are supposed to represent and serve.

    I fear Dark Days are ahead, and things will continue to get worse until we return to our founding Christian principles of small, representative government and reject the cultural, spiritual, and sexual Atheist and Muslim influences that have triggered and encouraged the moral, spiritual and ethical rot in our culture and our country.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Democrats

2020 hopefuls lurching leftward to appeal to radical progressive base

Published

on

2020 hopefuls lurching leftward to appeal to radical progressive base

The great primary evolution is already starting. We saw it in 2016 as every Republican candidate tried to “evolve” their views to cater to the conservative base. No evolution was more striking than candidate Trump’s, who went from supporting gun bans and partial birth abortion as a younger man to being one of the most conservative candidates during the primaries.

We’re seeing it now with the Democratic candidates and potential candidates as they try to plant their ideological flags as far to the left as possible. Former Trump pollster John Mclaughlin gave his opinion on the leftward lurch of the field, focusing on Elizabeth Warren, Cory “Spartacus” Booker, and Kamala Harris. Each has attempted to paint themselves as the radical progressive the primary-voting base desires. All of them were much more moderate in the past. Warren was even a Republican in the 1990s.

The thing that makes this trend most disturbing is that the “far left” of the past is nothing compared to the radical progressivism of today’s Democratic base. By the time the primaries really heat up, most if not all will be full-blown socialists.


NOQ Report Needs Your Help

Continue Reading

Democrats

Pirro: Democrats putting politics over people

Published

on

Pirro Democrats putting politics over people

Following President Trump’s speech to America with his compromise offer to Democrats to secure the border and end the government shutdown, Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro was in rare form as she went after Democrats for instantly rejecting the proposal. Her biggest target was Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

The President has requested funds in order to build a small portion of the border wall, render humanitarian assistance, improve drug detection technology, and hire 2,750 additional border patrol agents and 75 immigration judge teams. In exchange, he’s offering three years of extended protection for DACA recipients and those with Temporary Protected Status.

Here was her response:

My Take

There are many conservatives who are against the proposal. Under normal circumstances, I would be as well. But we’re approaching a full month of the government shutdown. Enough is enough.


NOQ Report Needs Your Help

Continue Reading

Democrats

Will Democrats abandon Dreamers over the political ploy of the border wall?

Published

on

Will Democrats abandon Dreamers over the political ploy of the border wall

The ball is back in the Democrats’ court. Some may say it’s been there the whole time. I do. Unfortunately, most Americans have bought into the leftist media narrative that the President is forcing the government shutdown to continue by not negotiating despite clear evidence to the contrary.

Nevertheless, the President has decided to make his compromise public. He took to national television to offer three years worth of protection to Dreamers.

Trump’s immigration offer brings polarized reactions from Dems and GOP

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trumps-immigration-offer-brings-polarized-reactions-from-dems-and-gopPresident Trump’s immigration compromise package to end the partial government shutdown drew sharp reactions from Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike.

In a televised White House address Saturday, Trump offered Democrats a three-year extension of protections for 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, in exchange for the $5.7 billion to fund a barrier along the southern border with Mexico.

The Democrats’ responses were predictable. They don’t want any deal that includes the border wall because they realize if they can keep the wall from going forward, it harms the President’s chances for reelection in 2020.

Period.

This has never been about helping immigrants. Democrats are willing to harm both Dreamers and 800,000 Americans hurt by the shutdown in order to make the President look bad for 2020. They’re a disgrace to our nation’s government. Build the wall.


NOQ Report Needs Your Help

Continue Reading

Facebook

Twitter

Trending

Copyright © 2019 NOQ Report