Kevin McCarthy Threatens to Remove Republican George Santos from Congress

Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has said he will remove embattled Rep. George Santos (R-NY) from Congress if the Ethics Committee determines that he broke the law.

McCarthy said: “If for some way when we go through Ethics and he has broken the law, then we will remove him.

“The American public in his district voted for him.

“He has a responsibility to uphold what they voted for, to work and have their voice here, but at any time, if it rises to a legal level, we will deal with it then.”

But McCarthy said that Santos is safe, for now, because the people in his district voted for him.

McCarthy said: “You know why I’m standing by him?

“Because his constituents voted for him.

“I do not have the power, simply because I disagree with somebody on what they have said, that I will remove them from elected office.

“Now I will hold him to the same standard I hold anyone else elected to Congress,” he added.

Santos was caught lying about his background and experience during his election campaign.

And he came clean to The New York Post:

Long Island Rep.-elect George Santos came clean to The Post on Monday, admitting that he lied on the campaign trail about his education and work experience — but insisting that the controversy won’t deter him from serving out his two-year term in Congress.

“I am not a criminal,” Santos said at one point during his exclusive interview.

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“This [controversy] will not deter me from having good legislative success. I will be effective. I will be good.”

Santos’ professional biography was called into question earlier this month after the New York Times reported that he misrepresented a number of claims, including where he attended college and his alleged employment history with high-profile Wall Street firms.

“My sins here are embellishing my resume. I’m sorry,” Santos said Monday.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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