House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has said that if the House Ethics Committee finds that freshman congressman George Santos (R-N.Y.) broke the law, Santos will be expelled from Congress. McCarthy has supported Santos, who admittedly fabricated his past and résumé to earn his position in the November elections, to a much greater extent than other Republicans in his GOP caucus.
McCarthy told reporters on Tuesday, “If for some way when we go through Ethics and he has broken the law, then we will remove him.”
Santos, 34, ran for office in New York’s third district, which includes Queens and Long Island and was traditionally held by Democrats, on a promise to protect the “American dream” achieved by his parents, first-generation Brazilian immigrants.
An article by The New York Times released last month revealed that many of Santos’ assertions about his past, including those regarding his prestigious education, lengthy Wall Street career, and large real estate holdings, were completely fabricated.
When the news broke, Santos issued a few statements: I have a story to tell the folks of NY-03 and I want to do so next week. The congressman promised constituents in a tweet, “I want to assure everyone that I will address your questions and that I am determined to achieve the results I campaigned on; Public safety, Inflation, Education & more.”
— George Santos (@Santos4Congress) December 19, 2022
Three members of the House Steering Committee have claimed that the rookie lawmaker has been assigned to serve on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the House Committee on Small Business.
But last week, Representative Kevin McCarthy said he had “always” been skeptical of Santos’ credentials.
Santos has spent his entire campaign bragging about how his career took off when he earned a degree from Baruch College and continued his education at New York University. Santos stated that after finishing university, he worked for both Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. Santos promptly confessed that he had fabricated his resume, never completed college, and never worked for either company. It was first reported in December by the New York Times that none of these schools had any record of Santos’ enrollment or employment there.
Local and federal authorities are combing through Santos’s financial records in search of discrepancies. According to Santos, his family business, the Devolder Organization, contributed more than $700,00 to his campaign. According to The New York Times, he has donated thousands of dollars to other candidates over the past two years, while also disclosing a salary of $750,000 and business revenues of over $1 million. Not a lot of details on these questions are available to the general audience.
This post originally appeared on WayneDupree.com.