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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Going After Bob Menendez

For John, BLUFIs this all about President Obama's legacy?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Roll Call we have this article by Reporters Hannah Hess and Niels Lesniewski, Republicans Not Rushing to Criticize Menendez  Menendez being New Jersey Senior Senator Bob Menendez.  From the article:
Sen. Mark S. Kirk became the latest Republican to suggest reports of corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez are the result of “politically motivated” leaks by the Justice Department.

Echoing speculation from Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Kirk told reporters Monday night that timing of the news about a pending indictment for the New Jersey Democrat could be related to efforts by Menendez to rally support within his party for an Iran sanctions bill.

Meanwhile, over on Facebook, Craig H is trying to make the case that expressing opinions, individually or collectively, by US Senators, is treason.

Because the stakes are so high, everyone is playing hardball on this one.

What I am not hearing is how we are going to deal with a nuclear Iran, since the agreement the President seems to be working on is going to buy us a decade of respite, at best.  We need a judgment on how long it will take for Iran to produce the 25 or 30 weapons they will need to pose a credible threat.  Then we need to rejigger our understanding of deterrence so that we can avoid nuclear war in the Middle East.

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  In the interest of full disclosure, Senator Menendez is not one of my heroes in the US Senate.
  Anyone know how to link to a specific Facebook thread?


Craig H said...

Be clear, please. I made no remarks about "expressing opinions". Those are your words, and they are a gross mischaracterization of both my comments, as well as the legal implications of a letter addressed to a foreign power in treaty negotiations with the president. The 47 signatories to the letter have violated the Logan act and should be prosecuted for it.

I will also anticipate the next bit of whinging, that such has been done before by partisans of another party. Just because someone else is guilty does not exonerate anybody here.

C R Krieger said...

OK, but is it not fair to say that these 47 need to get in line to be prosecuted for violation of the Logan Act (for treason, as some say).  You do agree that people should not be jumping the queue, right?  For example, push Nancy Pelosi out in front, and former President Jimmy Carter, etc.

Regards  —  Cliff