McCarthy says Santos will be removed from Congress if the Ethics Committee determines he broke the law

McCarthy says Santos will be removed from Congress if the Ethics Committee determines he broke the law

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Tuesday that Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., will be expelled from Congress if an investigation by the House Ethics Committee determines he violated the law.

The committee’s investigation was launched after reports that Santos fabricated parts of his background, including his education and work history, during his 2022 campaign. The freshman congressman is also being investigated by several federal, state and local entities.

McCarthy has largely defended Santos against calls for his resignation. The speaker criticized some of Santos’ behavior, but Tuesday was the first time he suggested possible consequences for the New York Republican.

“If somehow when we go through the Ethics, and it has broken the law, then we will remove it,” McCarthy told reporters at a press conference outside his office.

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Rep. George Santos will be expelled from Congress if an investigation by the House Ethics Committee determines he broke the law.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Rep. George Santos will be expelled from Congress if an investigation by the House Ethics Committee determines he broke the law.

But McCarthy reiterated previous statements that he believes Santos should keep his seat in the House because he was elected to serve.

“You know why I stand by him? Because his constituents voted for him,” he said. “I don’t have the power, simply because I agree with someone on what they’ve said, to remove them from elected office.”

McCarthy said last week that he still had “a few questions” about Santos’ resume. Santos was named to two committees — Small Business and Science, Space, and Technology — with House Republican leadership last week.

McCarthy said last week that he always had

McCarthy said last week that he still had “a few questions” about Santos’ resume.
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The speaker’s remarks come after reports suggested that Santos redacted parts of his background during it 2022 campaignin which he defeated Democrat Robert Zimmerman.

Santos had lied about his work and educational history, links to an alleged Ponzi scheme, the death of his mother and that he was previously married to a woman despite now being openly gay.

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Santos played up parts of his background, including his education and work history, during his 2022 campaign.

Santos played up parts of his background, including his education and work history, during his 2022 campaign.
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He is also accused of using a fake animal charity in 2016 to defraud a disabled veteran by raising money for his dog’s cancer treatment and then keeping the funds himself. Santos denies the allegation.

There have been calls for Santos to resign from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress and from many Republicans in New York State. Santos said earlier this month that he would resign if the 142,000 people who voted for him asked him to.

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