Following the federal indictment of Texas Representative Henry Cuellar for participating in two schemes involving allegedly accepting nearly $600,000 in bribes from a company controlled by a foreign government and a foreign bank, unlawful foreign influence and money laundering, CREW President Noah Bookbinder, a former federal corruption prosecutor, released the following statement calling on Cuellar to resign from office:

“Representative Cuellar’s alleged wrongdoing is blatantly and astonishingly corrupt. The actions outlined in the government’s indictment demonstrate that he abused his position to enrich himself and benefit foreign interests, betraying his constituents. He is just the second sitting member of Congress charged with operating as a foreign agent in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. While Representative Cuellar deserves a fair trial and the presumption of innocence, the serious charges leveled against him make it inappropriate for him to remain in office. Serving in Congress is a privilege, not a right, and Americans should be able to trust that their representatives, regardless of party or ideology, are working for them. Out of respect for his constituents and for the office he holds, Representative Cuellar must resign.”

From Aaron Schock to Duncan Hunter to Chaka Fattah to Bob Menendez, CREW has led the fight to remove corrupt members of Congress and the Senate.