George Santos pledged to file ethics complaint against several lawmakers hours after he was expelled from Congress over federal criminal charges and accusations of misusing campaign cash.
Santos wrote on Friday that he will file ethics complaints against several New York Republican lawmakers who led the push to expel him from Congress, including Reps. Nicole Malliotakis, Mike Lawler and Nick LaLota.
“Let’s talk about hypocrisy. Can someone ask Nicole MalioStockTips when did she become a savant in stock trading?,” Santos wrote in a post on X, referring to Malliotakis. “The signature bank trades she did REEKS of insider trading much like Paul Pelosi’s every trade! Nicole is in it for herself! Just look at her record and it speaks for itself. Nicole MalioStockTips is a dirty dishonorable swamp creature selling the American people down a river for her own benefit.”
“Monday I will be filling an official complaint with the Office of congressional Ethics against [Malliotakis] regarding her questionable stock trading since joining the Ways and Means committee this Congress,” he added. “Before joining the committee the congresswoman didn’t have an active trading habit or a high volume stake. The question is, what set of information is she trading with?”
Santos also promised to file an ethics complaint against Lawler “for questionable campaign finance violations.”
“Congressman Lawler owns portion of Checkmate Strategies and he uses the same firm that he is a beneficiary of to pay for services related to his campaign,” Santos continued. “The concerning questions are; is Mr Lawler engaging in laundering money form his campaign to his firm then into his own pocket? I will let the Office of Congressional Ethics be the judge of that.”
The disgraced former congressman also pledged to file an ethics complaint against Lalota.
“It has been raised in the local media that congressman Lalota obtained his JD attending Hofstra in day school while he was supposed to be working at the Board of elections at the same time,” Santos wrote. “The questionable actions are? Did Rep Lalota no-show to his tax pay funded job while going to school and if so he can potential have stolen public funds form the tax payers of NY. I will let the Office of Congressional Ethics determine the validity of this grave allegation raised in his local media.”
Santos also plans to file an ethics complaint against Democratic Rep Rob Menendez (N.J.) whose father Sen. Bob Menendez is facing federal bribery charges.
Santos is demanding that the Ethics Committee look into “what did he know and when did he know it”.
“The complaint is to seek clarification from the freshman congressman on his involvement with his fathers overseas dealing over the years and any potential compensation he received,” Santos added. “I think it’s a fair point to make sure we weed out the doubt surrounding Rep Menendez and his business associations with his father.”
Santos’ rant came hours after the House voted 311-114 to expel him from Congress after a damning House ethics committee report and a 23-count federal indictment charging him with crimes, including aggravated identity theft and wire fraud. Santos is the sixth member of the House ever to be expelled and the first in 21 years.
In response to Santos’ threat, a spokesperson for Rep. Menendez told The Hill: “George Santos is neither Rep. Menendez’s colleague nor a constituent so we will not expend any energy responding to his Botox-fueled fits of rage.”