Ethics Committee Does Not Recommend Expulsion, Contrary to ExpectationsNovember 17, 2023
Less than an hour after the House Ethics Committee published their extensive report on the elected fraudster from New York, Congressman George Santos announced via Twitter that he will not seek re-election next year. However, his claim should be taken with a grain of salt, as there is still uncertainty surrounding his absence from the ballot. Santos’ federal criminal trial is set to start in September, and there is a possibility that he may not be a member of Congress by then.
The committee’s report documented numerous misdeeds with Santos’ campaign funds but did not render a judgment or recommendation beyond publicly condemning him. The committee’s decision was influenced by the ongoing criminal case against Santos. Despite calls for his expulsion, the process of formally urging his expulsion was not undertaken by the committee.
While there is a strong desire to remove Santos from Congress, it is important to follow the standard procedures and ensure that he is found guilty either by the courts or the Ethics Committee before taking any action. Expelling a member of Congress is a serious matter and should only be pursued after following the established rules and guidelines.
Though Santos’ offenses may warrant his expulsion, it is crucial to adhere to the proper protocols and not take any shortcuts. The House has a history of expelling members only in specific circumstances, and Santos’ case should be handled with the same level of diligence to ensure a fair outcome. Despite his wrongdoing, appropriate procedures must be followed in the process of holding Santos accountable.