Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill refuses to condemn fellow Democrat Bob Menendez while his bribery trial is underway but rushed to say Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be in prison.
WikiLeaks began publishing a total over 200,000 State Department cables starting in November 2010. Speaking to Fox News on December 7, 2010, McCaskill didn’t hesitate to say Assange belonged behind bars.
“I think people who break the law and who do what this man [Assange] did and the people who helped him do it should be held accountable under the law,” said McCaskill to host Gretchen Carlson. “We should put them away where the sun doesn’t shine.”
But what about Menendez, who slept with prostitutes and stiffed them on the bill?
“I’m a former prosecutor, so I was trained appropriately to never discuss a trial until it is completed,” McCaskill told the Huffington Post on Thursday. “That process needs to be completed before we all start weighing in politically [about Menendez].”
Menendez is the first sitting U.S. senator to face a federal bribery trial in 36 years. While the U.S. government initiated a criminal investigation into Wikileaks, it never charged Julian Assange with any crime. Still, McCaskill wanted him thrown in prison.
McCaskill comes up for re-election in 2018. How will her cowardly reluctance to condemn Menendez look to voters?
Stay tuned for more.
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