"We are in process of returning the money in envelopes stuffed with $100 bills," Joe Calvello, a Fetterman spokesperson,
The unique method of returning the money is a nod to the accusations made against Menendez.
to federal prosecutors
, Menendez and his wife accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars, a Mercedes, gold bars, and "other things of value" to "protect and enrich" three New Jersey businesspeople and "to benefit the Government of Egypt."
Last Friday, prosecutors released some evidence against Menendez, including pictures of those gold bars and the cash investigators found stuffed in various areas of Menendez's New Jersey residence. One picture even showed cash stacked on jackets that bear Menendez's name.
Amazingly, Menendez tried to explain away the $480,000 in cash that investigators found by citing his Cuban background.
"For 30 years, I have withdrawn thousands of dollars in cash from my personal savings account, which I have kept for emergencies and because of the history of my family facing confiscation in Cuba," he
at a press conference on Monday. "Now, this may seem old fashioned. But these were monies drawn from my personal savings account, based on the income that I have lawfully derived over those 30 years."
Fetterman, meanwhile, was the first Senate Democrat to demand that Menendez resign.
"Senator Menendez should resign," Fetterman
on Saturday. "He's entitled to the presumption of innocence under our system, but he is not entitled to continue to wield influence over national policy, especially given the serious and specific nature of the allegations."
Now, a growing number of Democratic senators
are following suit
. But Menendez announced on Monday that he will not resign, promising supporters that he will be "totally exonerated."
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