Santos Refuses To Step Down, But Expects To Be Booted

New York Republican Rep. George Santos expects to be removed from office, but he has pledged not to quit in the wake of a harsh ethics investigation. The Republican from New York made his prediction during a rambling three-hour conversation with Monica Matthews on X Spaces. While debating the most recent effort to remove him from Congress, the legislator unleashed a torrent of allegations and insults on his colleagues.

Efforts to remove Santos from the House in the past encountered obstacles, such as representatives requesting to view the ethics report and others claiming that Santos had not been convicted of any crimes. Fraud, misappropriation of campaign finances, and fraudulent contributions reporting were all charges against Santos in the report. The report also recommended that the legislator be reported to the Department of Justice.

Michael Guest of Mississippi, the chair of the House Ethics Committee, and Robert Garcia, a Democrat from California, have both introduced motions to remove Santos from Congress. Now that Garcia has committed to submitting a privileged resolution, the House leadership has two days to introduce the bill when Congress returns after the Thanksgiving recess. The House needs a two-thirds majority to remove a politician from office, and several lawmakers who supported keeping Santos in office have now altered their votes.

For the 2024 election, Santos said he would not run again. Throughout the X debate, he insulted Mr. Guest and dared the Ethics Committee chairman to call a vote on the proposal by going on the attack. It would be the sixth expulsion of a member of Congress in history if Santos were to be removed in this way.

House members discussed a proposal to remove him from office on Thursday, and a vote is expected to occur on Friday. “Chaos” and “bullying” are what this attempt symbolizes, according to Santos. The commission accused him of using campaign funds for things like Botox procedures, OnlyFans purchases, and Hamptons trips.

With a two-thirds supermajority required for expulsion votes, just five congressmen have ever been removed from office in this manner. A total of 23 federal felonies have been filed against Santos, including claims of campaign finance crimes, theft of public funds, money laundering, and wire fraud.