U.S. Rep. Michael Guest, left, and U.S. Rep. George Santos In the wake of the House Ethics Committee releasing its report saying there is substantial evidence that he has violated federal law, New York Republican George Santos announced Thursday, Nov.
16, that he won’t be running for re-election to Congress. Apparentlty, however, that isn’t soon enough for the House Ethic Committee’s Republican chair.
filed a resolution to force a vote on expelling Rep. Rep. Michael Guest, R-Miss., filed a resolution today (Friday, Nov. 17) to force a vote on expelling Santos, saying, “The evidence uncovered in the Ethics Committee’s Investigative Subcommittee investigation is more than sufficient to warrant punishment and the most appropriate punishment, is expulsion.” Guest stressed that he is filing the expulsion resolution separate from the committee process and is “doing so in his personal capacity as a member of the House,” according to PBS, which also noted that “several other members of the Ethics panel have also come out in favor of expulsion now that the investigation is complete.” Expulsion from the House requires a two-thirds vote, PBS explains.
It is the sternest form of punishment available to the House and has happened only five times so far in history. Santos is facing a 23-count indictment accusing him of an array of corruption, including 10 felony counts that federal prosecutors added last month.