The Menendez miasma: Cherchez la femme ed.

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez and his wife are charged with corruption the likes of which will serve as fodder for Hollywood at some point. We haven’t kept up with his developing defense. Senator Menendez ungallantly blames his wife, who will stand trial separately. “[S]he took all the bribes, he claims,” the editors of the New York Post point out, “which doesn’t explain why he provided all the pro quos if she was pocketing the quid.” Good point! The movie will be a comedy/satire.

The Post editors continue:

His lawyers say Nadine Menendez “sidelined” her hubby, and “withheld information” to make him believe nothing illegal was happening; that he didn’t know she was stashing gold bars in their home.

(What about all the large bills stored in his spare suits?)

Hmm. This follows Bob’s previous claims that stockpiling gold bars was a “Cuban” thing.

The defense even had a forensic psychiatrist line up to testify it was “intergenerational trauma” he inherited from folks who’d fled Castro’s tyranny.

Then the disgraced senator’s mouthpiece alleged that the gold was a “cultural” thing for Nadine, whose Lebanese family liked “to give gold and other precious metals as gifts.”

The shibboleth that “diversity is our strength” probably does not figure to make it into the defense package.

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