Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), one of the more moderate members of the House Democratic caucus, has consistently called for aging politicians to move on from public life.
Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) said on Friday that New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez should resign as he faces an indictment that alleges he accepted bribes from businessmen in a scheme that benefitted the Egyptian government.
“I’m appalled,” Phillips told CNN’s Manu Raju. “A member of Congress who appears to have broken the law is someone who I believe should resign.”
“Yes, the answer is absolutely,” he said, when asked whether Democratic leaders should push him out.
After facing numerous scandals in his nearly 40-year political career, Menendez is confronting significant legal charges that allege he used his political power to interfere with a federal investigation and benefit a foreign country that the U.S. does not count as a consistent ally. Before Friday, he had indicated that he would still run for reelection in 2024.