Embattled Rep. George Santos (R-NY) is facing fresh calls for his resignation after a damning ethics report on the congressman was released Thursday.
The House Ethics Committee published its report on Santos on Thursday.
The report accuses Santos of having “used campaign funds for personal purposes” and “engaged in fraudulent conduct,” among other allegations.
Santos released a lengthy statement defending himself amid the release.
He is calling for a constitutional convention under Article V.
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…
— George Santos (@MrSantosNY) November 16, 2023
However, the embattled Republican congressman is now facing calls to resign from both sides of the aisle.
While he has so far refused to stand down, Santos has announced he would not be seeking re-election.
In a Thursday Twitter/X post, Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY) said that Santos should be “removed from Congress” if he does not resign.
“George Santos should end this farce and resign immediately,” Lawler said.
“If he refuses, he must be removed from Congress.”
“His conduct is not only unbecoming and embarrassing, it is criminal,” Lawler said.
“He is unfit to serve and if he had any dignity, he would resign today.”
“George Santos should resign,” Democrat New York Governor Kathy Hochul also tweeted.
Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) wrote: “George Santos, who illegally spent campaign funds on porn sites and Botox, has announced he is no longer seeking re-election.”
“I will be the sole surviving Jew-ish gay Latino Congressman from New York,” he added.
Santos’s office has yet to make a statement in response to the calls for his resignation.
The chairman of the House Ethics Committee will move to expel Santos from Congress after the release of a damning report into the embattled Long Island Republican.
“Chairman Guest feels that the evidence uncovered in the Committee’s investigation is more than sufficient to warrant punishment and that the most appropriate punishment is expulsion,” Rep. Michael Guest’s (R-MS) personal office said in a statement on Thursday.
“So, separate from the Committee process and his role as Chairman, he plans to file an expulsion resolution during tomorrow’s 9:00 a.m. pro forma session.”