WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since he joined the Senate in January 2007, issued the following statement:
“Senator Bob Menendez has made significant contributions to America’s global leadership and national security as Chairman and, most recently, as Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As the legal process moves forward, I encourage everyone to allow Senator Menendez all of the rights to which he is entitled, including a presumption of innocence and the ability to aggressively respond to the charges that have been brought forward.
“As a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I believe that America is always stronger when we speak with one voice on foreign policy issues. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has an important role in defining that unified voice for America.”