House Ethics Committee To Investigate Scandal-Plagued Rep. George Santos
The House Ethics Committee voted unanimously to launch a probe into Rep. George Santos (R-New York) for a multitude of potential legal and ethical violations.
The committee, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, released a statement that their probe will address allegations pertaining to potentially “unlawful activity” during his 2022 congressional campaign, lying about or omitting key information on forms for new House members, conflicts of interest, and a sexual misconduct accusation.
Santos is fully cooperating, according to his social media team.
The House Committee on Ethics has opened an investigation, and Congressman George Santos is fully cooperating. There will be no further comment made at this time.
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— Rep. George Santos (@RepSantosNY03) March 2, 2023
Santos has received heavy criticism from many New York State representatives, including those from his own party like Rep. Nick LaLota (R-New York).
I didn’t see a more provable case of election fraud in my seven years as elections commissioner than the fraud committed by George Santos.
His lies were the very reason he was nominated, got donations and votes.
I’m for election integrity.
I’m for expelling George Santos.
— Nick LaLota (@nicklalota) February 27, 2023
George Santos has disgraced Holocaust victims, 9-11 victims, military veterans with PTSD and many more. Now he’s taking aim at a House Republican who served the NYPD with honor. Santos is a terrible person and should be thrown out of the Republican conference & Congress ASAP. https://t.co/ip6wdmMunD
— Nick LaLota (@nicklalota) March 2, 2023
Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-New York) and Rep. Daniel Goldman (D-New York) have filed “ethics claims” against Santos, arguing that the newly elected congressman “misled voters in his district about his ethnicity, his religion, his education, and his employment and professional history, among other things.”
BREAKING: House Ethics has opened an investigation into George Santos. Rep. Dan Goldman and I filed an ethics complaint against the self-described terrible liar for violating House rules.
Now Congress is one step closer to holding its most corrupt member accountable.
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) March 2, 2023
On MSNBC, Torres said “Mr. Santos—by his own admission—is a terrible liar, which is the most honest thing he’s ever said.”
George Santos admitted he’s a terrible liar, which is the most honest thing he has ever said. Now he’ll face a reckoning in the House Ethics Committee.
More than a terrible liar, he’s a liability for the Republican Party, overtaken by frauds like Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/YsQO4p4JpF
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) March 3, 2023
Santos has asked House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) to be removed from his committee assignments while investigations into his misconduct are underway. He had been assigned by Republican leadership to the Science, Space and Technology Committee, as well as the Small Business Committee in the House of Representatives.
“It is important that I primarily focus on serving the constituents of New York’s Third Congressional District and providing federal-level representation without distraction,” Santos said in a statement in early February.
Santos has admitted to “embellishing” his resume, namely where he claimed to have a degree from Baruch College and that he held professional positions at both Goldman Sachs and Citigroup.
Santos has been accused of sexual misconduct by one of his staffers, Derek Meyers, who detailed the allegation in a letter to the House Ethics committee last month.
Santos allegedly asked Myers if he had a Grindr profile, a popular LGBT dating app, before inviting the staffer to sit next to him on a sofa later that day while he was going through the Congressman’s mail.
“I proceeded to move forward with a discussion about the mail, but the Congressman stopped me by placing his hand on my left leg, near my knee and saying, ‘Hey buddy, we’re going to karaoke tonight. Would you like to go?'”
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