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New York House Representative George Santos faces expulsion from his office due to a resolution introduced by several of his fellow Republican lawmakers following his indictment on 23 federal charges.
“Today, I’ll be introducing an expulsion resolution to rid the People’s House of fraudster, George Santos,” stated Representative Anthony D’Espositio who announced the resolution on October 11 through his Twitter/X account.
According to D’Espositio, the resolution will be co-sponsored with his Republican House colleagues Nick LaLota, Mike Lawler, Marc Molinaro, Nick Langworthy, and Brandon Williams.
Santos’s threat of expulsion resulted from federal prosecutors issuing a 23-count superseding indictment against him on Tuesday, October 10. In the filing, Santos was charged with criminal offenses and conspiracy relating to wire fraud, identity theft, money laundering, theft of public funds for personal expenses, and falsifying records and material statements to obstruct the FEC and the United States House of Representatives.
Additionally, Santos was slammed with another 10 charges including more identity theft, but also indicating that he made charges on his own campaign donors’ credit cards without their knowledge.
Moreover, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Breon Peace declared that Santos falsely inflated his campaign’s reported receipts with unsubstantial loans and contributions that were either fabricated or stolen.
When asked to respond to the resolution, Santos ran from a Republican Conference meeting to his office stating, “If they want to be judge, jury, and arbitrator of the whole goddamn thing, let them do it.” He later claimed that his fellow House Republicans included in the resolution intended to silence him and others of New York’s 3rd Congressional District.
Despite the fiasco, this is not the first time Santos was urged to resign or threatened with expulsion. House GOP and Democrat lawmakers held Santos under heavy scrutiny after a New York Times investigation revealed that he concocted the majority of his resume out of thin air and embellished parts of his background.
Santos maintains that his charges and the media circus surrounding him are a “political witch hunt” and he has no intention to resign.
While Santos is due back in federal court on October 27, his removal requires a two-thirds vote of the entire House. Representative LaLota expressed confidence in the resolution succeeding, though a vote on the matter might be delayed as the GOP seeks another Speaker of the House.
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