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.
“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.
George Santos claims in 2020 interview that he met Jeffrey Epstein, alleged sex trafficker was ‘murdered’ https://t.co/tFqoWF0OfZ
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 25, 2023
How bad was Democratic turnout in New York last November?
– In 2020, George Santos (R) captured 161,931 votes in #NY03 and lost by 12.5 pts.
– In 2022, George Santos (R) captured 145,824 votes in #NY03 and won by 7.5 pts.
My latest for @CookPolitical: https://t.co/fXQlblR935
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) January 25, 2023
SCOOP: George Santos just told the FEC that hundreds of thousands of dollars in “personal” campaign loans were not, in fact, from his personal funds. Of course, he didn’t say where those funds came from. Me @thedailybeast https://t.co/CCTOgieCbF
— Roger Sollenberger (@SollenbergerRC) January 24, 2023