MSNBC Anchor Recuses Herself From Covering Dad Sen. Bob Menendez’s Indictment (Video)

He allegedly took bribes to help the Egyptian government

Alicia Menendez with Sen. Bob Menendez in 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

MSNBC anchor Alicia Menendez opened the network’s “American Voices” on Saturday with a promise to stay away from covering the indictment of her father, New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez. But, she promised, her colleagues at NBC and MSNBC will continue to aggressively cover the story.

Her father allegedly aided the government of Egypt and was given gifts including cash and gold bars. His wife Nadine was also among those indicted and allegedly helped to connect her husband with Egyptian representatives.

“We have a lot to get to tonight, but I want to begin on a personal note,” MSNBC’s Menendez said. “Last week, a grand jury indicted U.S. Senator Bob Menendez. This past week, dozens of members of his own party have demanded his resignation.”

Republicans were quick to call for his resignation. Democrats had avoided immediately speaking out when the indictment was announced, but many have since decided that the allegations mean that he should resign.

“I have been watching along with all of you as a citizen and also as his daughter. I will not be reporting on the legal case,” Alicia Menendez told viewers. “That said, my colleagues across MSNBC and NBC News they have aggressively covered this story, and will continue to do so as they should.”

Sen. Menendez was previously indicted in 2015 on corruption charges, but the jury in the case was unable to reach a verdict and the charges were later dropped. Prosecutors alleged then that he took bribes from a Florida-based ophthalmologist.

You can watch a clip of Alicia Menendez’s statement here, shared by independent journalist Yashar Ali:

MSNBC’s Menendez isn’t the only television newsperson with family in politics. The category includes everyone from NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who’s married to former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, to Fox News’ Rachel Campos-Duffy, married to former Rep. Sean Duffy.


One response to “MSNBC Anchor Recuses Herself From Covering Dad Sen. Bob Menendez’s Indictment (Video)”

  1. D3F1ANT Avatar

    I’m REALLY shocked by this. Generally, when someone on the Left has involvement in a story or legal case, they DIG IN with the intention of influencing things to their own benefit rather than recusing. I give Menendez’s daughter credit for doing the right thing instead of the Left thing!

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