The partisan divide within the Home could be very slim ― 221 Republicans to 212 Democrats ― and McCarthy wants each doable vote he can get.
So after Raju identified the hypocrisy of asking a Democrat to resign and a Republican to battle their cost in court docket, McCarthy determined Menendez also needs to be presumed harmless till discovered responsible.
“I feel George may have his day in court docket, and I feel Menendez may have his day in court docket,” he mentioned.
Raju then reminded McCarthy of his earlier feedback, saying, “Mr. Speaker, why do you assume [Menendez] must resign, then?”
McCarthy instantly flip-flopped.
“It could possibly be his selection of what he desires to do, sure,” he mentioned.
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