House Republicans, led by Rep. Anthony D'Esposito, have introduced a measure aimed at removing Rep. George Santos from Congress. Santos, a Republican from New York, is facing numerous charges of fraud and financial crimes. The resolution, which is expected to be voted on next week, highlights Santos' alleged misrepresentations, including false claims about his education and connections to major events such as the Holocaust and the September 11th attacks.
Santos has admitted that parts of his life story were not true, but he has refused to step down from his office. Earlier this year, he abandoned his committee assignments. Prosecutors initially charged him with 13 counts, including campaign finance violations and misusing pandemic-related unemployment benefits. Santos pleaded not guilty to these charges. However, the indictment was expanded recently to include a total of 23 charges.
Nancy Marks, Santos' former campaign treasurer, has already pleaded guilty to fraudulently documenting a supposed $500,000 loan that Santos made to his campaign. Marks admitted in court that the loan had not been made.
The House Republicans' resolution to remove Santos is a privileged resolution, which means that the House must act on it within two legislative days. However, the House is currently in recess and will not resume its business until next week.
It remains to be seen how the vote on the resolution will unfold and what impact it will have on Santos' future in Congress.