New York Republicans on Thursday introduced a resolution to expel their colleague George Santos from the House of Representatives, just weeks after the lying congressman’s campaign treasurer pleaded guilty to fraud conspiracy.
The resolution, led by Rep. Anthony D’Esposito, faults Santos for lying about his personal history and past employment and for being indicted on 23 counts for illegal acts during his 2022 campaign, including wire fraud, money laundering, stealing public funds and falsifying federal finance disclosure forms.
The expulsion resolution requires a two-thirds majority to pass the lower chamber.
The Long Island pol was hit with 13 counts for the fibs and financial misdeeds in May — and slapped with another 10 charges in October after his treasurer, Nancy Marks, admitted to lying on financial reports that Santos loaned his own campaign $500,000.
New York Republicans on Thursday introduced a resolution to expel their colleague George Santos from the House of Representatives.REUTERS
The resolution, led by Rep. Anthony D’Esposito, faults Santos for being indicted on 23 counts for illegal campaign finance actions during his 2022 campaign.AP
“The reason why we dropped the resolution three weeks ago, we dropped it the same day, if not within 24 hours of the latest indictment,” D’Esposito told reporters.
“The superseding indictment that he is going to court tomorrow for is based on his treasurer’s guilty plea,” added Rep. Mike Lawler, who is cosponsoring the resolution. “So you have now a conviction in this case, that very clearly lays out what he did and how he did it.”
New York GOP Reps. Nick LaLota, Marc Molinaro and Brandon Williams are also cosponsoring the measure, which is a privileged resolution, meaning it must be voted on within two legislative days.
“The reason why we dropped the resolution three weeks ago, we dropped it the same day, if not within 24 hours of the latest indictment,” D’Esposito told reporters.Getty Images
“He’s admitted to guilt on a number of things, including defrauding voters, including defrauding donors,” LaLota told reporters. “He made up his whole story. He’s admitted that he’s made up his whole story. That is basis enough for an expulsion.”
Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) urged Santos not to run for re-election and referred his case to the House Ethics Committee after declining to take up a Democrat-led expulsion resolution for a vote.
“We were told that they were hoping to come to a resolution by the end of August. That didn’t come about,” D’Esposito said.
“He’s admitted that he’s made up his whole story. That is basis enough for an expulsion,” Rep. Nick LaLota told reporters. Bryan Olin Dozier/NurPhoto/Shutterstock
Santos made elaborate fabrications when campaigning for New York’s 3rd Congressional District, including that his mother barely survived the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and that his grandparents escaped the Holocaust.
He also lied about having earned degrees from Baruch College and New York University and working at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs after graduating.
The Eastern District of New York also indicted him for lying to the Federal Election Commission about his campaign funds, stealing the identities of donors and racking up tens of thousands of dollars on their credit cards without their permission.
“You have now a conviction in this case, that very clearly lays out what he did and how he did it,” added Rep. Mike Lawler, who is cosponsoring the resolution.CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images
Santos previously told The Post that the superseding indictment the New York GOP lawmakers referred to was “bulls–t,” that he had “no control” over his campaign’s finances, and was not considering a plea deal.
“I’m not blaming that on her. I’m just saying it wasn’t me. I didn’t handle the finances,” he said after his campaign treasurer’s guilty plea. “I’ve never transacted a single finance procedure in a campaign.”
He alleged that his office retained texts and emails between himself and Marks that could exonerate him.
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