House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) will not support the effort to expel embattled GOP lawmaker George Santos (NY) from office.
This comes after Johnson on Wednesday urged lawmakers to “vote their conscience” but said he has “real reservations” about voting to expel a lawmaker from Congress who has not been convicted of a crime.
Santos faces multiple federal charges including wire fraud, credit card fraud, aggravated identity theft and falsifying records. He has pleaded not guilty.
The third attempt to expel him from Congress comes after the House Ethics committee released a damning report concluding that there is “substantial evidence” that shows he “violated federal criminal laws” and referred him to the Department of Justice.
Johnson is not the only member of Republican leadership in the House who plan to oppose expelling Santos from Congress. House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik also said she does not support removing Santos.