Judge Nap: DOJ Leaks Make Menendez Look 'Ridiculous & Criminal'
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who faces possible federal criminal corruption charges for allegedly abusing the power of his office, has denied any wrongdoing and stated that, "I am not going anywhere."
The New Jersey Democrat is is accused of promoting the interests of his wealthy friend, Dr. Salomon Melgen, in exchange for favors that allegedly included free trips on private jets.
"Anyone who knows us knows that he and his family and me and my family have been real friends for more than two decades," Menendez said in a statement to reporters Friday. "We celebrated holidays together, we have been there for family weddings and sad times like funerals and have given each other birthday, holiday and wedding presents, just as friends do."
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in on "Your World with Neil Cavuto" today about the possible federal charges Menendez could be facing and said that he finds the timing of Menendez's situation to be "weird."
Napolitano explained that a clerk in Philadelphia last week "inadvertently posted on a government website documents reflecting that the government was trying to compel two of Sen. Menendez's aides to testify before a grand jury."
He said that it was taken down in two hours, but a New Jersey newspaper "picked up the story and ran with it."
"Those things happen, it shouldn't have happened, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt it was a mistake," Napolitano said. "It was not a mistake for senior people in the Justice Department to leak on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all sorts of details of the allegations against him."
"I don't know if he did these things or he didn't," he added. "He's presumed innocent like everyone else is. But he should not have to be forced to defend himself in the media against anonymous allegations from the Justice Department, which are unlawful for them to be leaking at this point."
Cavuto said that Menendez has been a vocal critic of the Obama administration, even though he is a Democrat. He said that it seems as though when you "call this administration into question, weird things happen."
Napolitano remarked that Menendez is the "most powerful Democrat in New Jersey" and "the most influential Latino in the United States Congress."
"I don't agree with him on a lot of things," Napolitano said. "But I have to be honest about this, Bob Menendez is truly one of the most respected people in the government on foreign affairs. He disagrees with the president on Iran, he disagrees with the president on Ukraine, he disagrees with the president on Cuba. All of a sudden, they start leaking things on him that make him look ridiculous and criminal."
Watch the video above to hear more from Judge Napolitano on "Your World."