To: The United States Senate
Menendez, Indicted, Should Resign From Leadership
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Senators – especially Minority Leader Harry Reid - should urge New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez to withdraw from Democratic leadership until corruption charges against him are resolved.
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UPDATE 4/1, 10PM ET: Several media outlets are reporting that Menendez will step down from the leadership of SFRC and be replaced by Cardin.
UPDATE 4/1: Menendez has been indicted. He should step down from the Democratic leadership immediately.
The Justice Department is preparing to file corruption charges against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez following a 2-year investigation into allegations he accepted gifts and lavish vacations in exchange for political favors.  This has been long expected. In 2013 Menendez and Sen. Mitch McConnell were named by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) as the two most corrupt Senators. 
Senator Menendez, like every other American, is entitled to a presumption of innocence when facing criminal prosecution. But he should not continue to serve in a position of leadership in the Senate while he remains under a cloud of suspicion of trading the power of his office for money. In 2008-2009, the New York Times , the Washington Post , and many Democrats  called for Rep. Charlie Rangel to step down from his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee while ethics allegations against him were investigated. In March 2010, he did so. 
Senator Menendez currently serves as Democratic leader – “ranking member” – on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Thus, for example, he has a leading role in formulating the policy of Senate Democrats regarding U.S. diplomacy with Iran. Under a cloud of suspicion for trading political favors for money, Menendez should step down from this leadership position.