Dec 01, 2023
By Jeremy Logan
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to expel Republican Rep. George Santos of New York, following a critical ethics report on his conduct which included converting campaign donations for his own use.
The move make Santos just the sixth member in the chamber’s history to be ousted by colleagues.
Expulsion requires support from two-thirds of the House, and Friday’s vote to expel him was 311-114.
A scathing House Ethics Committee report that accused Santos of breaking federal law proved decisive.
The GOP-led panel concluded that Santos “blatantly stole from his campaign” and used donors’ money to shop at places like Ferragamo and Hermes, getting Botox and visiting the adult website OnlyFans.com.
Scandals have plagued the New York Republican’s brief time in office.
Soon after winning the seat in 2022, Santos admitted to lying about his educational and professional background, although he denied committing any crimes.
Since then, Santos has been charged with almost two dozen counts of crimes including identity theft, submitting false campaign finance reports and stealing unemployment money.
As it became apparent that he would be expelled, Santos put his overcoat over his shoulders, shook hands with conservative members who had voted against his expulsion and then he left the House chamber.