“The View” co-hosts said Friday that disgraced Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez should be ousted from Congress along with embattled Republican New York Rep. George Santos.
The co-hosts compared Menendez to Santos, who the House of Representatives voted to expel in a 311-114 vote after an ethics committee report found “substantial evidence” that he violated federal law. Menendez is indicted for allegedly accepting bribes to help wield his political power to benefit the government of Egypt and business associates in New Jersey.
Co-hosts Alyssa Farah Griffin and Sara Haines called on Menendez to leave office, with Haines even suggesting that Menendez is worse since he holds more power than Santos.
“Due process matters, but we kind of live in a post-shame environment. It used to be that if you were accused of something, you would politely be told by leadership to resign now. I think that frankly, whether you’re under federal investigation, whether it be Donald Trump, Bob Menendez, George Santos, you should step aside. But of course, no one does that,” Griffin said.
Navarro then defended Menendez remaining in Congress, while suggesting Santos is much worse.
“But the difference is, Bob Menendez was indicted before and beat the indictment. You know, so I think that’s something that can be debated certainly, but you know, that’s the precedent that Bob Menendez has,” Navarro said. “Look, I’m very angry at everything that Bob Menendez did, but I think there’s a difference between Santos and Menendez.”
“I think the difference is Santos is feckless, he has no power, he never did anything,” Haines said. “Senator Menendez will be a problem, and I think due process…he needs to step aside,” Haines said. (RELATED: ‘I’m Shaken’: Ana Navarro Stunned That Dem Senator She’s Known 30 Years Is Allegedly A Crook)
“I would…you could indict a ham sandwich. I think he needs to go to trial,” Hostin said.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) handed down a 23-count indictment charging Santos with one count of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States, two counts of wire fraud, two counts of making materially false statements to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), and two counts of falsifying records submitted to obstruct the FEC. Additional charges include aggravated identity theft, money laundering, theft of public funds and materially false statement to the House of Representatives.
The ethics committee investigated the indictment and charges before releasing the damning report on November 16.
Democratic Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman, who joined the Friday panel, said Menendez is worse than Santos and must resign.