Rep. George Santos has been expelled from Congress.
More than two-thirds of the House of Representatives voted on Friday to expel Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., who was indicted by federal prosecutors in New York on corruption charges. He has not been convicted of a crime.
“I will not stand by quietly,” Santos said during Thursday’s debate on the House floor. “The people of the Third District of New York sent me here. If they want me out, you’re going to have to go silence those people and go take the hard vote.”
He becomes only the sixth congressman to be removed from office.
“No member of Congress has ever been expelled without a conviction; this is a dangerous precedent and I am voting no based upon my concerns regarding due process. I have said from the beginning that this process will play out in the judicial system which it currently is,” said Rep. Elise Stefanik.
This is nothing more than sheer hypocrisy.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) was charged with a misdemeanor for falsely pulling a fire alarm in a House office building ahead of a key vote. He pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor and agreed to pay a fine and write an apology to the Capitol Police.
Yet the House Ethics Committee refused to punish Bowman.
The Republican is charged with a crime and he’s expelled while the Democrat who actually committed a crime is set free without so much as a slap on the wrist.
And all of this is happening in a House chamber controlled by Republicans.
It's official: the House of Representatives has expelled George Santos. pic.twitter.com/0sAA4Yp1yJ— Republican Accountability (@AccountableGOP) December 1, 2023