As expected, Senator Robert Menendez has been indicted on federal corruption charges. The New Jersey Democrat was charged with 14 counts — eight counts of bribery, and other charges of conspiracy, fraud, and making false statements. It is not clear whether Menendez will step down from his role as ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, or how a Menendez-less committee would change the Senate's response to the Iran negotiations or a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force against ISIS.
The charges stem from Menendez's relationship with Dr. Salomon Melgen, who has donated to the senator's campaigns and has also been charged. The indictment accuses Menendez of helping three of Melgen's girlfriends obtain visas, as well as using his office to support Melgen financially.