Rep. George Santos (R-NY) looks on as the House of Representatives holds a vote on a new Speaker of the House at the US Capitol on October 18, 2023 in Washington, DC.
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The House is expected to vote Wednesday on a resolution to expel Republican Rep. George Santos of New York over his campaign lies and criminal charges, a move that could further imperil the GOP’s slim majority in the chamber.
The resolution to remove Santos from Congress is set to come to a vote sometime after 6:30 p.m. ET.
The scandal-plagued freshman lawmaker, 35, has pleaded not guilty to a raft of federal fraud and theft charges. He has vowed not to resign from office voluntarily.
Kicking him out will require a vote from two-thirds of the House, meaning many Republicans will have to vote to expel one of their own members.
Some of them are leading the charge for his ouster, casting the decision in moral terms. But it’s not clear if they can drum up enough support from their GOP colleagues, including those leading the closely divided House.
“We have no margin for error,” newly anointed House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., said in a Fox News interview last week. “And so, George Santos is due due process, right?”
Some polls have shown that even before his indictment, the vast majority of voters in Santos’ Long Island congressional district — including Republican voters — wanted him out of office.
Santos is currently running for reelection in 2024. He has rebuffed calls for his resignation on multiple occasions, including on the eve of his arraignment in federal court on a new batch of criminal fraud charges.
Santos faces 23 felony counts of crimes including wire fraud, credit card fraud, aggravated identity theft and falsifying records.
His criminal trial is scheduled for mid-September of 2024, less than two months before Election Day.
The House on Wednesday evening is also expected to vote on resolutions to censure two other House members.
One of them, put forward by GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, accuses Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan of promoting antisemitic messages and “sympathizing with terrorist organizations.”
The other resolution, introduced by Democratic Rep. Becca Balint of Vermont, would censure Greene for spreading various “forms of hatred.”
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