This is bullying.U.S. Rep. George Santos (R-NY) on a measure introduced in the House that would expel him from office. This comes after a concluded House Ethics Committee investigation alleged that Santos “sought to fraudulently exploit every aspect of his House candidacy for his own personal financial profit.”
Why It Matters: In addition to the House Ethics Committee’s investigation released earlier in November, Santos faces 23 counts in federal court for charges “including identity theft, charging donor’s credit cards without authorization and submitting false campaign finance reports with non-existent loans and contributions that were fabricated or stolen” (POLITICO); he has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The House is expected to vote on whether to expel Santos on Friday. Since being elected in 2022, Santos has survived two efforts to expel him; TBD whether this time is different as support for his ousting has grown since House investigation’s conclusion.
Only five members of the House have ever been expelled, with only two individuals removed since the Civil War; expulsion is “The sternest form of punishment that the House has imposed …” (U.S. House of Representatives).
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said, “I personally have real reservations about doing this. I’m concerned about a precedent that may be set”; The AP explains: “Some have argued that Santos should have his day in court before an expulsion vote occurs; that has been the precedent in the House so far.” Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), who previously voted against Rep. Santos’ expulsion, said, “I thought the Ethics Committee gave him that due process, and he didn’t take advantage of it. And I think the allegations and the findings that they made are sufficient to vote for expulsion so I will be voting for expulsion.”
by Emily Hooker, based in Texas