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Senate leaders silent on potential expulsion of Sen. Menendez after Rep. Santos ousted

Senate leaders have remained silent on whether they will move to expel disgraced New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat, following his recent ouster by the House.

Fox News Digital features Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.Y.), Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ky.). (Illinois) and the office of Minority Leader John Thune (R.S.D.). Senators will support Mr. Menendez's ouster, following the removal of current and former Rep. George Santos (RN.Y.).

Menendez faces federal bribery charges announced by the Department of Justice (DOJ) earlier this year. Mr. Santos, who faces criminal charges in his own case, was expelled from the House of Representatives on Friday, weeks after the Ethics Committee's damning report.

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Senate leaders have remained silent on whether they will move to expel disgraced New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat, following his recent ouster by the House. (AP Photo/Gina Moon)

Only McConnell's office responded to Fox News Digital, pointing out that the minority leader's comments to the press left it up to Democrats to take action against Menendez.

Schumer, Durbin and Thune's offices did not respond to Fox News Digital's requests for comment.

Tune appeared behind McConnell. Press conference Early this week.

McConnell reiterated earlier comments, saying, “I'm glad he's not a Republican.” “This is an internal matter for the majority.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican from Kentucky, during a press conference after the weekly Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 in Washington, DC, USA.

Fox News Digital has contacted the offices of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Dick Durbin, and Senate Minority Leader John Thune. He asked if he supported Menendez's expulsion following the removal of Congressman George Santos. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

”[Menendez] “I'll leave it up to the majority leader to decide how to deal with him because he obviously has external issues,” McConnell said.

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Menendez is facing calls to resign after the Justice Department indicted him on bribery charges earlier this year.

Several gold bars discovered by federal agents in a senator's residence as part of a high-profile bribery investigation can be traced back to a violent robbery a decade ago, it was reported this week.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

According to the vast area The indictment is sealed by federal prosecutors. In September, the Menendez couple was implicated in a multiyear bribery scheme involving the Egyptian government and local businessmen, including wealthy New Jersey real estate developer Fred Dives. Prosecutors said they recovered several gold bars from Menendez's home that were allegedly used as payment for the scheme.

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At least four of the gold bars found by investigators could be linked to Dives. That's because of the unique serial numbers engraved on them and court documents related to her 2013 robbery case, in which Duives was the victim. NBC New York investigation reveals Monday. In November 2013, four assailants beat Dives at gunpoint in her Edgewater, New Jersey, apartment and stole 22 gold bars, jewelry and cash.

photograph announced by the Ministry of Justice For example, they showed gold bars found in Menendez's home in September, one of which was found to have the serial number 590005. According to a report by NBC New York, Duives reported that gold bars with the same serial number were stolen during a 2013 robbery.

And the federal indictment notes that the serial numbers on the gold bars indicate they were previously owned by Dybes.

Fox News Digital's Thomas Catenacci contributed reporting.

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