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In the wake of a damning report from the House Ethics Committee, Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) anticipates his expulsion from the House.
During a discussion on X Spaces, Santos stated, “I know I’m going to get expelled when this expulsion resolution goes to the floor.” Despite having weathered two previous expulsion attempts, Santos expressed resignation to his impending fate in Congress, where his tenure has been marred by controversy since his election in 2022.
Santos, facing 23 federal charges including wire fraud and money laundering, reflected on his initial popularity upon election, saying, “I felt like the ‘it girl’… until nobody wanted me.”
He has pled not guilty to all charges but has decided not to seek reelection. In a defiant tone, Santos remarked, “I’m not running for reelection, not because this was a damning report. I’m not running for reelection because I don’t want to work with a bunch of hypocrites.”
In his critique, Santos accused fellow Congress members of hypocrisy, citing their alleged misconduct: “more worried about getting drunk every night with the next lobbyist that they’re going to screw.” He demanded an ethics investigation into their behavior, emphasizing that his actions occurred before his Congressional term.
House Ethics Committee Chair Michael Guest (R-Miss.) has introduced a resolution to expel Santos, which could be addressed after Thanksgiving. Santos, undeterred, declared, “If you want to expel me, I’ll wear it like a badge of honor. I’ll be the sixth expelled member of Congress.” He firmly concluded, “I’m not leaving. These people need to understand, it’s done when I say it’s done.”