November 28, 2023

George Santos faces fresh motion to expel after ethics report

New York Republican Rep George Santos is going through a brand new motion to expel him from the House after the chamber’s Ethics Committee issued a damning report into the actions of the freshman congressman.

The report discovered that the 35-year-old had violated ethics pointers, the principles of the House, and felony legal guidelines, and that he had been conscious that he was crossing the road.

House Ethics panel chairman GOP Rep Michael Guest of Mississippi filed the motion on Friday. The chamber can take up the motion on 28 November upon lawmakers’ return from Thanksgiving recess.

In a protracted publish on X on Thursday evening, Mr Santos lashed out, claiming that he had gone by means of a “year from hell” and that he had been the sufferer of “dirty” politics and of the “poison” coming from the ethics panel.

In an announcement, Mr Guest stated: “The evidence uncovered in the Ethics Committee’s Investigative Subcommittee investigation is more than sufficient to warrant punishment and the most appropriate punishment, is expulsion. So, separate from the Committee process and my role as Chairman, I have filed an expulsion resolution.”

Part of the motion to expel states: “Santos must be held accountable to the highest standards of conduct in order to safeguard the public’s faith in this institution.”

The House Ethics Committee stated in a statement on Thursday that Mr Santos “knowingly caused his campaign committee to file false or incomplete reports with the Federal Election Commission; used campaign funds for personal purposes; engaged in fraudulent conduct in connection with RedStone Strategies LLC; and engaged in knowing and willful violations of the Ethics in Government Act as it relates to his Financial Disclosure (FD) Statements filed with the House”.

“In light of the ongoing criminal investigation into Representative Santos, and the ISC’s findings of additional uncharged and unlawful conduct by Representative Santos, the ISC recommended that the Committee immediately refer these allegations to the Department of Justice,” the panel added.

If he’s faraway from the House, Mr Santos would turn into solely the sixth lawmaker to be booted from the decrease chamber and the primary to be eliminated with out having been convicted of felony offences or going through accusations of getting been disloyal to the US.

His elimination would additionally imply that the already tight GOP House majority would shrink by one member and his ouster would set off a particular election within the third congressional district in New York, which covers components of Queens and Long Island.

A lot of Republicans have stated they might again his elimination from the House.

GOP North Carolina Rep Jeff Jackson stated in a statement: that Mr Santos “has received his due process. This report is fully damning. I will vote to expel him”.

Mr Santos slammed the panel on X, writing: “If there was a single ounce of ETHICS in the ‘Ethics committee’, they would have not released this biased report. The Committee went to extraordinary lengths to smear myself and my legal team about me not being forthcoming (My legal bills suggest otherwise).”

“It is a disgusting politicized smear that shows the depths of how low our federal government has sunk. Everyone who participated in this grave miscarriage of Justice should all be ashamed of themselves,” he added.

“All this Congress wants to do is attack their political enemies with tit for tat unconstitutional censures, impeachments, expulsions and ethics investigations,” Mr Santos wrote. “THE TIME IS NOW FOR THE STATES TO RISE UP AND COMMENCE AN ARTICLE V CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION! I’ve come to expect vitriol like this from political opposition but not from the hallowed halls of public service.”

The motion to expel would require two-thirds of the House to again it.