Congress expels George Santos from office

The New York representative was booted from Congress after being accused of using campaign funds for personal use.

New York Rep. George Santos was expelled from Congress on Friday after an ethics report accused him of converting campaign donations for personal use. 

Santos becomes the sixth member in the chamber’s history to be expelled by colleagues.


Driving the news: Expulsion requires support from two-thirds of the House, and the House Ethics Committee report that accused Santos of breaking federal law proved decisive.

  • Ultimately the house voted 311-114 to expel Santos. 
  • Santos fought against the expulsion effort and made his case for remaining in office by appealing to lawmakers who worry about setting a new precedent.
  • The expulsion is the latest chapter in Santos’ falling from grace after reports emerged that he had made false claims about his Jewish ancestry, Wall Street career, and college degree. 
  • The U.S. attorney’s office indicted Santos on charges of duping donors, stealing from his campaign, and lying to Congress.
  • The House Ethics Committee, after eight months of investigation, found overwhelming evidence of lawbreaking by Santos and submitted their findings to the Justice Department.
  • Democratic leaders tied Santos to other Republicans, and House Speaker Mike Johnson expressed concerns about removing Santos but urged members to vote their conscience.
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