Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) predicted to reclaim his post when the top Democrat to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just days following Justice Department dropped corruption charges against him, a resource with direct familiarity with the issue said on Monday.
Menendez is poised to adopt back the task from Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who’s got been in the role of ranking person the influential panel for nearly 36 months. Menendez voluntarily stepped back from your job in 2015 after he was charged, using an understanding from then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that he could be reinstated if cleared of charges.
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But Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is Democratic leader now. The foundation stated that Schumer gave Menendez the OK to reclaim the post when charges were dropped yesterday. Menendez’s move here we are at the ranking member position had been reported by BuzzFeed.
The offices of Cardin and Menendez failed to interact to requests for comment. Schumer declined to comment.
Menendez is generally thought of as being among the most hawkish of Democrats. He stepped down on the ranking member role just as former President Barack Obama was reaching a significant stage in negotiations with Iran on the nuclear deal. After Menendez was sidelined, Cardin worked closely with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee over a bill that allowed Congress to vote about the pact. Although the Senate was incapable of block the offer, Cardin and Menendez opposed it.
Seung Min Kim brought about this report.