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Senator Bob Mendez indicted for corruption; will face trial tomorrow

Could give Trump one more Senate Seat if found guilty.


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This is a fascinating and potentially very important story that hasn't gotten a ton of press. Theoretically, it is possible that this gives the GOP 53 seats. However that is probably unlikely.

First, Menendez has to be found guilty. This in itself is somewhat of a longshot because of some recent court decisions that have weakened the prosecutorial power for corruption charges like this. This will be pretty difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt as a result. But it's not out of the realm of possibility. Then he also has to step down (lol yeah right) or be voted out. Getting voted out is also unlikely because it requires 67 votes and there's no way dems would be on board with this unless Christie gave some kind of promise that he'd replace him with a Democrat to match the voting tendencies of the state. They're not going to vote to give the GOP another senate seat.

So while it's an interesting story, and while it does have potential to have national consequences, it's still very unlikely that much of anything comes of this.


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I'd say over 50% chance he is found guilty. I doubt prosecutors in a blue state would bring charges unless they have wallops of evidence.

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This is a fascinating and potentially very important story that hasn't gotten a ton of press.


What reason do you think the press have been reluctant to cover it?


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50% because it's a Democrat and the media doesn't want to cover corruption under democratic office

other 50% it doesn't fit the narrative of Trump is corrupt.

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What reason do you think the press have been reluctant to cover it?


Probably because there hasn't been much to talk about up until now that the case is about to start. Now that it is, I've been hearing more about it.

Also there's usually more eye catching stories to cover.


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I'd say over 50% chance he is found guilty. I doubt prosecutors in a blue state would bring charges unless they have wallops of evidence.


I'm no legal expert so I could be wrong, but I believe this is a federal case, brought on at a federal level. Not at a state level.


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Also there's usually more eye catching stories to cover.


True, have we been told yet what shoes Melania is wearing today?


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NJ is a blue state at the national voting level. This is a Democrat holding a national office

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Keep in mind the indictment happened before this Supreme court ruling -

"The Supreme Court unanimously overturns a public corruption conviction of former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted in 2014 for accepting luxury gifts and cash from a businessman in exchange for McDonnell using the office of governor to help the businessman.

The justices took issue with what constitutes an “official act,” arguing in McDonnell's case, it was overly broad.

Menendez's lawyers perk up at this. The senator is accused of trying to influence executive decisions, not of writing laws that helped his buddy, they plan to argue, and they will ask the judge to throw the charges out altogether.

“There is a very real chance this case might be dismissed,” as soon as it gets started, Harrison said."

The ruling could have very big ramifications on this case.


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Interesting well this changes everything.

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It could definitely throw a wrench into the whole thing and render it entirely moot pretty quickly. If it's going to get thrown out we'll know it pretty quickly.


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I'll be honest, I know little about Bob Menendez and honestly, he looks creepy AF.

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But I'm hoping this gets thrown out of court thumb up


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But I'm hoping this gets thrown out of court thumb up


Why?


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Why not?


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Why not?


So you don't have an actual reason for wanting it to get thrown out? Gotcha.


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Awful.


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Awful.


Indeed, no reasons.

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I'll be honest, I know little about Bob Menendez and honestly, he looks creepy AF.

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Lol. Indeed.

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So much misandry you guys sad


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