The House of Representatives is set to vote on the expulsion of Congressman George Santos, who has been charged with multiple counts of fraud and deception. Santos, who ran for office on a fabricated biography, has admitted to lying about his education, his business, and even his involvement in a Broadway musical.
Santos is facing 37 federal charges, including wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States. According to the indictment, Santos used false and misleading information to solicit donations from unsuspecting supporters. He also used his campaign funds for personal expenses, such as luxury travel, clothing, and jewelry.
One of the most bizarre lies that Santos told was that he helped produce the Spider-Man musical on Broadway, which was plagued by accidents and delays. Santos claimed to have invested $10 million in the show and to have worked closely with its director, Julie Taymor. However, this was later exposed as a complete fabrication.
The House Ethics Committee has recommended that Santos be expelled from the House for his egregious conduct. The committee found that Santos “sought to fraudulently exploit every aspect of his House candidacy for his own personal financial profit”. The committee also noted that Santos showed no remorse or accountability for his actions.
The expulsion vote requires a two-thirds majority to pass. Several Republicans who had initially opposed expulsion have changed their minds after reading the ethics report. They have joined the Democrats in calling for Santos to resign or face expulsion.
Santos is the first member of Congress to face expulsion since 2002, when James Traficant was expelled for corruption. Santos’ case has shocked the nation and raised questions about the integrity and honesty of public officials. As the House prepares to vote on his fate, the public awaits the outcome of this historic decision.