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Republican lawmakers to introduce resolution to expel Rep. George Santos from Congress

The movement came a day after Santos, also a Republican, was charged with fraud and identity theft.
Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., at the Capitol on Sept. 19, 2023.
Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., at the Capitol on Sept. 19.Kevin Dietsch / Getty Images file

A group of House Republicans from New York is introducing a resolution to expel Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., from Congress.

"Today, I’ll be introducing an expulsion resolution to rid the People’s House of fraudster George Santos," Rep. Anthony D'Esposito, R-N.Y., said Wednesday on X.

He told reporters he considers Santos "a stain" on the House and on New York state. "It's time that we move on from George Santos," D'Esposito said.

He said the resolution will be co-sponsored by fellow New York House Republicans Nick LaLota, Mike Lawler, Marc Molinaro, Nick Langworthy and Brandon Williams.

LaLota said he considers Santos an "immoral" and "untrustworthy" person. "The sooner he's gone, the better," he said.

Booting Santos would require a two-thirds vote of the entire House, a benchmark LaLota seemed confident of meeting. "I predict this resolution is going to catch fire. Many people feel how we do," he said. 

Federal prosecutors Tuesday issued a 23-count superseding indictment alleging Santos committed identity theft, fraud and other offenses. Santos, who was first indicted in May, has said he plans to fight the charges. He pleaded not guilty in the original 13-count indictment earlier this year.

“If they want to be judge, jury and arbitrator of the whole goddamn thing, let them do it,” Santos said, responding to the resolution as he ran to his office from a Republican Conference meeting. “They just want to silence the people of the 3rd Congressional District,” he said later.

Santos' New York GOP colleagues had previously called for him to step down in light of the criminal charges and revelations that he'd fabricated large parts of his résumé.

"I said he should resign and he should still resign," Molinaro said on X Tuesday after the additional charges were announced.

House Democrats moved to expel Santos in May after he was initially charged, but Republicans voted to refer their motion to the Ethics Committee, which has been investigating him since March.

D'Esposito suggested he and his colleagues have waited long enough. "I know that Ethics has been a little busy, but, you know, it’s time that we see some results," he said. 

Santos first came under scrutiny late last year before he was sworn in when The New York Times published a bombshell investigation indicating that much of his résumé appeared to have been manufactured, including claims that he owned numerous properties, was previously employed by Goldman Sachs and Citigroup and had graduated from Baruch College.

It also raised questions about how he was able to lend his campaign $700,000 after having claimed on a campaign finance form during his earlier unsuccessful run in 2020 that he was making $55,000 per year.

Santos acknowledged "embellishing" parts of his background but insisted that he hadn't done anything criminal and that he had earned his money legitimately.

The indictment unsealed in May alleged he'd been using campaign donations for personal expenses, including designer clothes, that he had applied for pandemic unemployment benefits at a time when he was making $120,000 a year and that he lied about his income in House financial documents.

He was hit with 10 additional charges Tuesday alleging he stole people's identities, made charges on his own donors' credit cards without their authorization and "falsely inflated the campaign’s reported receipts with non-existent loans and contributions that were either fabricated or stolen,” said Breon Peace, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

One of the alleged schemes included falsely claims that 10 relatives of Santos and his then-campaign treasurer, Nancy Marks, had donated big bucks to his campaign to make it appear that he was raising more money than he actually was in order to qualify for assistance from the national party.

"Santos and Marks both knew that these individuals had neither made the reported contributions nor given authorization for their personal information to be included in such false public reports,” prosecutors said. 

Marks pleaded guilty to related conspiracy charges last week. Santos, who was released on $500,000 bond after he pleaded not guilty to the original charges, is scheduled to be arraigned on the superseding indictment Oct. 27.

Santos has called the charges a “witch hunt,” and he has vowed not to resign.