George Santos, the Republican from New York who was ousted from the House of Representatives on Friday, used his initial moments as a former congressman to strongly criticize his ex-peers and announce his intention to lodge ethics complaints against four of them.

Santos informed the media that he had no intention of returning to Congress after being expelled. “Why would I want to stay here? To h— with this place,” he told reporters outside the U.S. Capitol after the vote.

Later, he began expressing his thoughts about his colleagues on social media.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), he announced his plans to submit an ethics complaint against three Republican counterparts from New York – Mike Lawler, Nicole Malliotakis and Nick LaLota. These three individuals had been advocating for Santos’ removal from Congress for a while. However, Santos failed to present any evidence to support his allegations of misconduct against any of the three.


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He additionally mentioned that he would lodge a formal grievance against Rep. Rob Menendez (D-New Jersey), whose father, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), is facing criminal charges for acting as an unregistered foreign agent for Egypt. Santos, once again, did not provide any specific allegations of misconduct.

Santos also called on Republican members of Congress to display bravery and take action to remove Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-New York), who was fined for triggering a fire alarm in a congressional office building.

In the days before his impeachment vote, Santos had vehemently criticized his fellow colleagues, saying they engaged in extramarital affairs and missed voting due to alcohol-induced hangovers.

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