A House Democrat has introduced a privileged resolution to expel doomed Rep. George Santos (R-NY) from Congress.
Rep. Robert Garcia (D-CA) noticed a privileged resolution during a Tuesday floor speech.
Democrat Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY) is also leading the resolution with Garcia.
Rep. Robert Garcia (D-CA) introduces a resolution to expel Rep. George Santos (R-NY) from Congress. pic.twitter.com/o9RBYO2dIA
— The Recount (@therecount) November 28, 2023
Because it is a privileged item, it will have to be taken up by the House within two legislative days.
This means the House Republican majority would be forced to vote on the measure to remove Santos from Congress.
The removal of the lawmaker will narrow the already slim majority for Republicans.
Santos said he would stand for his expulsion vote on the House floor in a Tuesday post.
“Setting the record straight,” Santos posted in response to a report about his meeting with House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA).
“My conversation with the speaker was positive and I told him [I’d] be standing for the expulsion vote.”
“Expel me and set the precedent so we can see who the judge, jury, and executioners in Congress are,” he continued.
“The American people deserve to know!”
Setting the record straight, My conversation with the speaker was positive and I told him id be standing for the expulsion vote.
Expel me and set the precedent so we can see who the judge, jury and executioners in Congress are.
The American people deserve to know! https://t.co/vWhQyFWn0O
— George Santos (@MrSantosNY) November 27, 2023
Santos said earlier this month that he would not be seeking re-election to Congress.
The announcement came after a damning House Ethics Committee report accused Santos of having “used campaign funds for personal purposes” and “engaged in fraudulent conduct,” among other allegations.
In the 56-page report, the bipartisan subcommittee unanimously agreed that 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.”
That includes $50,000 in campaign donations that were wired to Santos’s personal account on October 21, 2022.
He allegedly used the funds to, among other things, “pay down personal credit card bills and other debt; make a $4,127.80 purchase at Hermes; and for smaller purchases at OnlyFans; Sephora; and for meals and for parking.”
Should Santos get expelled, it will be the first time a lawmaker has been removed from the House since expelled Democrat Rep. Jim Traficant (D-OH).
Traficant was expelled from the House in 2002 after being convicted of 10 felony counts.
The charges included bribery and racketeering.
Only four other members besides Traficant have been expelled in the House’s history.
All five expulsions were Democrats, meaning Santos could be the first Republican expelled from the chamber.