Embattled GOP Rep. George Santos (NY) is daring lawmakers to expel him from Congress following the release of a damning House Ethics committee report earlier this month.
“All these members are pushing this [expulsion vote]. They want me to resign because they don’t want to take this tough vote that sets the precedent to their own demise in the future,” Santos told reporters.
“They’re not immune from all the nonsense that goes on in Washington, where you all follow them around with cameras and microphones in their faces. They don’t like it either,” he continued. “So they can keep it up. They can keep doing this. But my message to them is put up or shut up, and enough of the charade
Santos has already survived two expulsion votes but there has been a renewed push to expel him from Congress following the release of the House Ethics report which found “substantial evidence” that he “violated federal criminal laws” and referred him to the Department of Justice.
On Tuesday Rep. Robert Garcia (D-Calif.), introduce a resolution to expel Santos from Congress. He called it a privileged resolution which could force a floor vote on the issue as early as Thursday.
Santos already acknowledged that he expects to be expelled if a motion to boot him from Congress makes it to the floor, but he is not bothered by it.
“I don’t care. You want to expel me? I’ll wear it like a badge of honor,” Santos said in a Twitter spaces conversation last Friday. “I’ll be the sixth expelled member of Congress in the history of Congress. And guess what? I’ll be the only one expelled without a conviction.”