Ted Cruz warns Dems: Obama will use criminal charges as a ‘political weapon’ against you, too

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz suggested to reporters Saturday that federal corruption charges against Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez could have been motivated more by politics than justice.


Source: The Hill

“The announcement this week by the Justice Department that they were bringing charges against Bob Menendez — I will point out that the timing seems awfully coincidental,” the Texas Republican said at the Iowa Ag Summit in Des Moines, The Hill reported. “In the very week that Bob Menendez showed incredible courage to speak out and call out President Obama for the damage that his policy is doing to our national security … the Justice Department announces they’re moving forward with the criminal prosecution.”

Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on charges against Menendez on Friday, accusing the New Jersey senator of using his influence to help a friend and donor in exchange for gifts.

“It raises the suggestion to other Democrats that if you dare part from the Obama White House, that criminal prosecutions will be used potentially as a political weapon against you as well,” Cruz said.

Earlier last week, Menendez blasted President Obama’s nuclear arms negotiations with Iran.

“When it comes to defending the U.S.-Israel relationship, I am not intimidated by anyone – not Israel’s political enemies, and not by my political friends when I believe they’re wrong,” Menendez told a cheering crowd at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee national conference, according to Breitbart News.

The Hill reported:

The issue came to a head on Capitol Hill last week when Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu rebuked the Obama administration in front of Congress for its strategy on Iran.

On Friday, news broke that the Justice Department was preparing to bring criminal charges against Menendez.

“The timing is curious,” Cruz said. “This investigation has been going on for over a year, and yet the very week they announce a pending indictment comes within hours after Sen. Menendez showing courage to speak out against President Obama’s dangerous foreign policy that is risking the national security of this country.”

Menendez is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was its chairman until the GOP took over after the 2014 midterm elections. He chaired the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 2009 to 2011, and is arguably the Senate’s most powerful Hispanic member.

Both Menendez and Cruz are Cuban-Americans

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11 thoughts on “Ted Cruz warns Dems: Obama will use criminal charges as a ‘political weapon’ against you, too

  1. Kenneth Clark says:

    I believe this also serves as a warning to the illegals he is trying to give amnesty. They better walk the line politically or face charges, prison time and deportation to parts unknown.

    1. Rip Rogers says:

      Illegals are part of his new civilian force that he promised to be better outfitted than our military.
      I think he got he idea of using illegals to do his bidding from the RINOs.

      1. Gary More says:

        soon, thanks to obumboy, we will be the illegals, all of us non islamics that is.

    2. Gary More says:

      only if they aren’t islamics.

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  3. Scotty says:

    Cruz knows the timings not curious. Soon Obama will begin having political prisoners.

    1. Gary More says:

      thought he already did?

  4. Gary More says:

    to control the masses, you first have to control mass media.

  5. chuck says:

    Does anyone take this government shutdown king seriously. I laughed every time he talks. Giuliani’ s brother needs try and continue for the rest of his life to shutdown the government

    1. Guest says:

      He didn’t shut it down reid and Obama did.

  6. Doug says:

    With all this excitement lately about dropout Scott Walker it’s worth reexamining the stalwart credentials of the Great Ted Cruz. This man left Texas (wisely), to pursue higher education at Princeton and Harvard Law, where he earned academic distinctions. Should we focus on an academic under-achiever or one who has proven his mettle in the halls of academia?

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