GOP Targets One of Their Own

( – New York Republicans in the House introduced a resolution crafted to expel Rep. George Santos (R-NY) after he had been slapped with state and federal charges related to fraudulent fundraising for his campaign among other allegations. Santos has admitted to lying about numerous claims he made during his 2022 campaign.

Rep. Anthony D’Esposito announced his intentions to introduce a resolution expelling Santos from the House in a post on X (Twitter) on October 11th. Santos responded by telling his constituents to “stay strong” and allowing the legal process to play out. Santos has maintained his innocence.

The bill is cosponsored by five additional House Republicans from the state of New York, they include Mike Lawler, Nick LaLota, Brandon Williams, and Nick Langworthy. Santos won his seat in the 2022 midterm elections and shortly thereafter had a series of deceptions about his resume exposed.

Santos maintained his deceptions were mere embellishments, nevertheless, New York authorities charged him with several counts of fraud, theft of public money, laundering money, and making false statements. Santos pleaded not guilty in May.

Santos’ former campaign treasurer pleaded guilty recently to allegations of fraud involving the campaign, making things look very bad for Santos. A superseding federal indictment came down on Tuesday, October 10th adding 10 federal charges to the list. These include identity theft of his donors, as well as charging their credit cards with thousands of dollars in fraudulent ‘donations.’

The total list of charges against Santos is now up to 23, all of which have been denied by the Congressman. He told reporters on October 11th that he still intends to run for re-election, and will not resign.

Watchdog group Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington reported that Santos is the only member of Congress who hasn’t filed his personal financial disclosure, despite it being mandatory. He could be nailed with fines or other penalties as a result.

It will take two-thirds of the House to agree and expel Santos, it’s only happened five times in history.

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