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Vast Majority of Americans Want Senate to Expel Bob Menendez If Convicted

A new poll found that 75% of Americans want the Senate to expel Menendez if he’s convicted on federal bribery charges.

A new poll conducted by America First Policies, an outside group that supports President Trump, found that 75 percent of Americans and 71 percent of New Jerseyans want the Senate to expel Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) if convicted on federal bribery charges.

Menendez and his co-defendant in the case, Dr. Salomon Melgen, are currently on trial facing 18 counts of fraud and bribery.

For the Senate to expel a member, it requires 67 votes, meaning that Republicans will need 15 Democrats to join them. This poll suggests that Senate Democrats will face pressure from their constituents to expel Menendez.

“Our polling reinforces what we already know: New Jersey voters and Americans as a whole are sick and tired of the corruption and abuse of power taking place in Washington, D.C.,” Erin Montgomery, communications director for America First Policies said in a statement about the poll. “The trial of Senator Menendez is yet another lurid example of why we need to drain the swamp.”

If the Senate does expel Menendez, it would have a big impact on the balance of power in the United States Senate.

The Observer highlighted this possible shift in the balance of power:

“If Menendez left office before Jan. 16, Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, would be able to appoint an interim replacement, likely boosting the GOP’s majority by one seat. But Phil Murphy, a Democrat who supports Menendez, is favored to win the governor’s race this year and would likely appoint a Democrat.”