George Santos Faces Rare Expulsion as New York GOP Pushes Forward

New York House Republicans are nearing a critical juncture in their efforts to expel Rep. George Santos from Congress. The upcoming vote, scheduled for later this week, holds the potential to result in the rare expulsion of a member of the House of Representatives.

The resolution to expel Santos was introduced by Rep. Anthony D’Esposito of New York, with the support of four other New York Republicans: Reps. Nick LaLota, Michael Lawler, Marc Molinaro, and Brandon Williams. D’Esposito argued that Santos is unfit to serve his constituents as a United States representative.

Newly-elected House Speaker Mike Johnson acknowledged the ongoing discussions surrounding the Santos expulsion resolution, along with censure resolutions for Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rashida Tlaib. However, he remained tight-lipped on the prospect of tabling or bringing the Santos resolution to a vote, stating, “We’ll see, I am not commenting right now.”

Johnson could either attempt to table the resolution, refer it to a committee for further consideration, or bring the resolution directly to the floor for a vote. The path to expel Santos requires a two-thirds majority in the House, which means that the D’Esposito and the other New York Republicans will need the support of dozens of other Republicans. 

Historically, the expulsion of a House member is exceedingly rare, with only five lawmakers having been expelled according to the US House Archive.

Santos was arraigned on a revised indictment last week. The indictment accuses him of multiple frauds, including unauthorized charges on credit cards belonging to his campaign donors. Santos pleaded not guilty to ten new charges, in addition to the thirteen charges filed in May.

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