In a historic move, the House of Representatives voted to expel Representative George Santos, a Republican from New York, on Friday. Santos is the first House lawmaker to be expelled in over 20 years.
Congress can’t impeach Mayorkas who is single-handedly destroying America by allowing 10 million illegals and countless terrorists to break into America flooding our schools, our cities, and our hospitals with the 3rd world…
But never fear! Republicans expelled George Santos…
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) December 1, 2023
The decision was made following an indictment on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, falsification of records, credit card fraud, and other charges. While Santos has pleaded not guilty, the bipartisan vote of 311 to 114 reflected a consensus that his actions were a defamatory representation of the House of Representatives.
Prior to this expulsion, the last House lawmaker to be expelled was former Representative Jim Traficant, a Democrat from Ohio, in 2002. Traficant had been convicted of 10 felony counts, including racketeering and taking bribes. In comparison, Santos has not yet been convicted of a crime but has been accused of using campaign funds for personal luxury goods and treatments such as Botox.
The vote to expel Santos required a two-thirds majority. Although the vote was largely bipartisan, with both Democrats and Republicans supporting expulsion, slightly more Republicans voted to keep Santos than to remove him. This disparity reflects a range of opinions within the House Republican party about whether expulsion was warranted at this stage, considering Santos has not yet been convicted of a crime.
Some Republicans, such as former Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa, argued that expelling Santos would undermine the presumption of innocence that he is entitled to. Issa also pointed out that Senator Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, is facing bribery accusations but has not been removed from the Senate. According to Issa, the ethics committee, which is composed of both Republicans and Democrats, had considered a lesser sanction for Santos but was not able to reach a consensus.
On the other hand, members of the New York Republican delegation, to which Santos belongs, maintained that there was ample evidence to support his expulsion. Representative Marc Molinaro stated that Santos had defrauded voters, taxpayers, and donors and had met the threshold for expulsion.
The vote to expel Santos marks a historic moment in the House of Representatives and demonstrates a united front against unethical behavior. While there were differing opinions among Republicans on the appropriateness of expulsion at this stage, the bipartisan nature of the vote indicates a shared belief that Santos’ actions were detrimental to the reputation of the House and the trust of the American people.
Moving forward, this expulsion sets a precedent for holding members of Congress accountable for their actions, even before a criminal conviction. It sends a clear message that the House of Representatives will not tolerate behavior that undermines the integrity of the institution.
As the first lawmaker to be expelled in over 20 years, Santos’ case serves as a reminder of the importance of ethical conduct and the need for elected officials to uphold the highest standards of public service.
The expulsion of Representative Santos also raises questions about the current government spending fight and its impact on the slim Republican majority in the House. However, Speaker Mike Johnson declined to comment on this matter, leaving the public to speculate on its potential implications.
Overall, the vote to expel Representative George Santos from the House of Representatives reflects a nonpartisan commitment to upholding ethical standards and maintaining the integrity of the institution.
How this development will shape future actions and decisions within Congress remains to be seen, but it certainly marks a significant moment in recent congressional history.