House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday told reporters that George Santos will be removed from Congress if the House Ethics Committee determines the freshman Rep. broke the law.
George Santos flipped New York’s 3rd Congressional district red in November when he defeated Robert Zimmerman.
Last month Santos admitted he lied about his education, employment history and Jewish background in an interview with the New York Post.
“I am not a criminal,” Santos said during his exclusive interview. “This [controversy] will not deter me from having good legislative success. I will be effective. I will be good.”
“My sins here are embellishing my resume. I’m sorry,” Santos said Monday to The Post.
Federal prosecutors in the US are investigating George Santos’ ‘sudden wealth’ after the Rep-elect admitted to embellishing his resume.
There is also an internal House Ethics probe into Santos’ resume claims.
Democrats and establishment media have been attacking George Santos for the last couple of months.
Just a couple weeks ago McCarthy said Santos would get seated on committees.
.@SpeakerMcCarthy (R-CA) on Rep. George Santos (R-NY): "He'll get seated on committees." https://t.co/77obCJittk pic.twitter.com/Oo2JIBf9Cc
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 17, 2023
On Tuesday McCarthy was asked about Santos again.
“If for some way when we go through Ethics and he has broken the law, then we will remove him,” McCarthy said, according to Axios.
McCarthy also said he is standing by George Santos because his constituents voted for him.
“I do not have the power, simply because I disagree with somebody on what they have said, that I will remove them from elected office,” McCarthy said.
House Oversight Chairman James Comer recently said Santos will be expelled from Congress if it is determined that he broke campaign finance laws.
“He’s a bad guy,” Comer said on CNN’s “State of the Union” a couple weeks ago. “It’s not up to me or any other member of Congress to determine whether he can be kicked out for lying. Now, if he broke campaign finance laws, then he will be removed from Congress.”