This would be an interesting flip. Perhaps then Menendez will have more time for flights down to The Dominican Republic with bundler friends.
The Senate Ethics Committee conducted a months-long investigation into the matter and found Menendez in violation of federal election and ethics laws in late April.
“The Committee has found that over a six-year period, you knowingly and repeatedly accepted gifts of significant value from Dr. Melgen without obtaining required Committee approval, and that you failed to publicly disclose certain gifts as required by Senate Rule and federal law,” the committee wrote in an April 26 letter to Menendez.
“Additionally, while accepting these gifts, you used your position as a Member of the Senate to advance Dr. Melgen’s personal and business interests. The Committee has determined that this conduct violated Senate Rules, federal law, and applicable standards of conduct,” the committee wrote.
The New Jersey senator is charged with repaying the “fair market value” of all “impermissible gifts not already repaid.”
Menendez narrowly escaped a federal retrial, after a federal judge acquitted him of many of the charges in January.