Congressman May Be Expelled

( Republican Representative-Elect George Santos is facing increasing pressure from both sides of the political spectrum to resign from Congress. This hasn’t happened in about 20 years.

Before last month’s midterm elections, Santos, who won in New York’s 3rd Congressional District, acknowledged that he “embellished” his record. On Monday, he admitted that his claims regarding his work history and education were false. He claimed he never received a college degree, held a position at Citigroup or Goldman Sachs, doesn’t own 13 properties, and is Catholic, not Jewish.

In a tweet, Texas Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro urged Santos to step down and called for expulsion if he didn’t.

Castro wrote that “just about every aspect of his life appears to be a lie.” We’ve seen resume falsification before, but this is a complete fabrication.

Representative Ted Lieu of California, a fellow Democrat, stated on social media that Santos admitted to telling “whopping lies” and should not hold office. Lieu requested a vote to remove Santos from office from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

A video of McCarthy’s remarks from November 19 and after the midterm elections, in which he mentioned Santos and the most extensive Jewish Republican caucus in 24 years, resurfaced on Twitter.

Nebeyatt Betre, a spokesperson for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), said that “even in his fake apology, he’s lying again.” If George Santos believes that voters will still believe him after he has been exposed for lying time and time again, he is delusional.

The most recent expulsion occurred in 2002 when James Traficant, an Ohio representative, was expelled from the House after being found guilty of 10 felonies, including accepting bribes, filing false tax returns, racketeering, and coercing his congressional staff into doing chores at his Ohio farm and houseboat in Washington, D.C. Traficant eventually received a seven-year prison sentence.

Legal issues with Santos’ fabricated record could also arise from financial disclosures during his campaign. On Tuesday, Barbara McQuade, a former US attorney, warned MSNBC that lying to donors and voters could get him into trouble for possible wire fraud charges.