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Are any prominent Democrats other than Bob Menendez defending Bob Menendez?

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BUT MUH DUDE PROCESS!

Good question, with a good answer:

I may be missing something, but I haven’t seen any Democrats claim that the indictment is some kind of Deep State conspiracy. I haven’t seen anyone pick out individual elements of the indictment and claim that innocuous behavior is being punished, except satirically:

I haven’t even seen specious claims that “due process” applies to individuals making inferences about the likelihood of someone’s guilt as opposed to the standard the state must meet before forcibly taking away someone’s liberty.* And needless to say Biden is neither going to attack the DOJ for indicting Menendez nor pardon him if he is convicted, a noted contrast to the person about to win the Republican nomination by near-acclimation. And the only person I’ve seen “play the race card” is Menendez himself:

Relatedly, it is perfectly fine to describe Menendez’s behavior as hopelessly corrupt and urge him to resign even if the Supreme Court continues to self-servingly make successful corruption prosecutions essentially impossible. Similarly, it is fine to say that it is deeply corrupt for a Supreme Court justice to accept millions and millions of dollars from wealthy ideologues with strong interests in the outcome of Supreme Court cases irrespective of whether any legal sanctions are ever applied, or to conclude that it is reprehensible and immoral for a powerful 40-year-old celebrity to have a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old schoolgirl and conclude that you do not wish to platform or associate with such a person even if this conduct is not illegal in the particular jurisdiction in which it occurred.

*Alas, Chuck Schumer appears to have taken this particular route — not conspiracy theorizing or attacks on the DOJ, and as part of an agreement to get him to step down from his committee, but still not ideal. New Jersey Dems have been much better:

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