Michael Warren on Menendez: The Senate ‘Could Make His Life Very Miserable Over the Next Several Months’
WARREN: "Bill, if you read what the jurors were saying, they said that in this federal case that the government didn’t provide enough evidence. It’s actually very difficult for the federal government to bring these public corruption cases. The rules for evidence in a Senate Ethics Committee hearing are lower than they are in a federal court. It is clear and convincing evidence, which is not beyond a reasonable doubt as it is in a federal court. This is something the Senate makes its own rules about. The House Ethics Committee as well makes its own rules about what to do about its own members. So this is something that Menendez has to be happy about not getting convicted and it sounds like most of those jurors were leaning toward not convicting him, but the bigger problem for him now is that he returns to the Senate where he could continue to be hammered by questions, you know, asking for documentation and they could make his life very miserable over the next several months."