Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) on Thursday called for an ethics investigation into Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez (N.J.) following his mistrial on 18 corruption charges.
"Senator Menendez was indicted on numerous federal felonies. He is one of only 12 senators to have been indicted in our history," McConnell said in a statement. "His trial shed light on serious accusations violating the public's trust as an elected official, as well as potential violations of the Senate Code of Conduct."
"Because of the seriousness of these charges, I am calling on the Senate Ethics Committee to immediately investigate Senator Menendez's actions which led to his indictment," McConnell continued.
Federal prosecutors argued that Menendez took bribes and gifts from Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor, in exchange for political favors. Melgen is awaiting sentencing on a previous conviction of defrauding Medicare of millions of dollars.
The judge overseeing Menendez's trail declared a mistrial on Thursday after the jury deadlocked on all charges.