US House of Representatives expels Republican Santos

Scandal-plagued US representative George Santos was expelled from the House of Representatives. In a historic vote Friday, the required majority of the House chamber voted to expel the Republican. For the first time in recent history, a representative who had not previously been convicted of a crime was expelled from the House of Representatives. One member was expelled from the chamber only six times.

“To hell with this place,” the 35-year-old actor told reporters in front of the Congress Building after the decision. He was asked if he would remain in the room as a non-member with special rights. This is possible because he has not been convicted by any court yet. “Why would I want to stay here?” he replied. But the House of Representatives set a “dangerous precedent” with its actions.

The vote followed an investigation by the House Ethics Committee. In mid-November, he made serious allegations against Santos and filed an investigation report. The report states that the lawmaker stole campaign funds and defrauded his donors, among other things. According to the report, Santos is said to have spent campaign funds on cosmetics and luxury purchases; the committee submitted bills for Botox, for example.

Santos also attempted to “blame others for much of the abuse.” The MP’s dishonesty is worrying. By his conduct, the politician violated the “dignity of the office” and “seriously damaged the reputation of the House of Representatives.”

After the report was published, Santos announced that he would not run for re-election next year. He immediately denied the allegations. Santos wrote that the report was a “vile, politicized slander.” “Everyone involved in this serious miscarriage of justice should be ashamed.”

There are other serious allegations against Santos. He was charged with fraud and theft, among other things, at a hearing in New York. The indictment says he, among other things, made false statements to the FEC election commission. Prosecutors also charge him with forgery of documents, conspiracy against the United States, fraud, aggravated identity theft, money laundering and theft of public funds. After the indictment was read, Santos did not admit his guilt. The trial is scheduled to begin in September 2024.

Santos has been a member of the New York district of the US House of Representatives for more than a year and has presented himself as a supporter of former US President Donald Trump. His rise to the federal political scene was marred from the beginning by allegations of fraud and deception.

Investigations have shown that Santos fabricated much of the resume in which he presented himself to voters in 2022. In the film, he pretended to be a successful Wall Street businessman, an animal rights activist, or the son of Brazilian immigrants fleeing the Holocaust. The “New York Times” took a close look at his resume and concluded: college degree, career at big banks, family history – it’s all fabrication.

Santos admitted to “overlooking” his resume but insisted he was not a liar or a fraud.

Santos’ story is so important to the United States because the details are so crazy. So she made up all kinds of weird details that were debunked, like the fact that she was a volleyball star in college that she never participated in. He claims that he lost 4 employees and 49 people died in the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Florida, USA. Regarding his mother, he said he experienced the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

The vote in the House of Representatives on Friday was the third time to expel Santos. MPs had previously voted against the expulsion decision twice. The ethics committee’s investigative report may have persuaded some of his supporters to no longer support him. The fervor with which he repeatedly presented himself as an innocent man may also have played a role.

(APA/dpa)

Source: Vienna

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