Kevin McCarthy explains what it would take to get Santos out of Congress

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday outlined the conditions under which the House would remove serial liar new Rep. George Santos (RN.Y.) from Congress.

“If somehow when we go through Ethics and he has broken the law, then we will remove him,” McCarthy said, according to The Hill.

McCarthy has so far resisted calls to fire Santos, including from members of his own party, saying he was chosen by voters in his district and has an obligation to serve them.

“He has a responsibility to stand up for what they voted for, to work and have his voice here, but anytime if it gets raised to a legal level, we’ll address it then and there,” McCarthy said.

The timeline for the Ethics investigation hinted at by McCarthy is unclear, as is whether a formal investigation by that committee is already underway.

McCarthy has fixed Rep. Michael Guest (R-Miss.) to lead the committee.

New York Democratic Reps. Dan Goldman and Ritchie Torres filed a complaint with the Ethics Committee earlier this month, requesting an investigation into Santos’ financial disclosures.

“Sir. Santos’ financial disclosure reports in 2020 and 2022 are sparse and baffling,” they wrote. “At the very least, it is apparent that he did not file timely disclosure reports for his most recent campaign. In addition, his own public statements contradicted some of the information included in the 2022 financial disclosure and confirmed that the 2022 financial disclosure failed to disclose other required information.”

He is also charged with violating campaign finance laws, in a complaint the nonpartisan Campaign Law Center filed with the Federal Election Commission.

In addition to the various state and federal investigations Santos faces, he is the subject of a criminal investigation in Brazil.

Santos has admitted fabricating various aspects of his academic and educational record. He claimed that he attended Baruch College and New York University, but the two institutions have no record of his attendance. He also said that he worked for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, but neither company has a record of his employment.

Still, McCarthy appointed him to serve on two committees: the Small Business Committee and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

However, the Republican speaker refused to seat Democratic Reps. Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff, both of California, on the House Intelligence Committee.

“Integrity matters most,” McCarthy wrote in a letter notifying House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (DN.Y.) of his decision, with critics pointing out the hypocrisy given the representative’s appointment. extremist Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) both the oversight and Homeland Security committees and McCarthy’s treatment of Santos.

McCarthy previously said he “always had a few questions” about Santos’ resume despite endorsing him and supporting his campaign.

Santos was among the Republicans who opted not to attend a White House reception for first-time lawmakers on Tuesday.


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