In a recent development, George Santos, a controversial figure from New York’s Republican faction, has vowed to launch ethics complaints against several GOP colleagues from New York. This declaration comes on the heels of his remarkable ouster from the House of Representatives on Friday.
Santos faced an unusual expulsion vote, where eight of his Republican counterparts from New York sided against him. This vote was triggered by revelations of his extensive history of deceit and subsequent criminal charges.
The embattled congressman from Long Island, who misappropriated donor funds for personal expenses like OnlyFans subscriptions and Botox treatments, hastily left the Capitol following his unprecedented expulsion. This historic vote, which saw over 100 Republicans join Democrats, resulted in an overwhelming majority of 311 to 114, casting Santos out of the House.
Santos later expressed his discontent on a social media platform, targeting fellow Republicans including Nicole Malliotakis and Mike Lawler. He accused Lawler of possible campaign finance improprieties linked to his partial ownership of Checkmate Strategies, a firm he reportedly used for campaign services.
Santos raised concerns over potential money laundering from Lawler’s campaign to his business, and then to his personal finances. He planned to bring these allegations to the Office of Congressional Ethics.
Additionally, Santos criticized Nicole Malliotakis for her stock trading activities since her appointment to the Ways and Means committee. He questioned the source of information guiding her trading decisions.
Santos also targeted Democrat Rob Menendez, son of Senator Bob Menendez, who faced accusations of accepting bribes from Egypt. Santos questioned the younger Menendez’s knowledge and involvement in his father’s dealings and any potential benefits he might have received.
Despite reaching out, DailyMail.com received no comments from Lawler, Malliotakis, or Menendez before their publication deadline.
Santos, whose fabrications ranged from false Holocaust connections to untrue claims about his mother’s death on 9/11, narrowly escaped expulsion last month due to a lack of consensus. However, the recent vote, driven by a damning ethics report, led to his removal, marking him as the first member to be expelled in over two decades.
The Republican majority in the House is now precariously thin, with the current composition being 221 Republicans to 213 Democrats. Despite some GOP leaders’ hesitance to expel Santos without a criminal conviction, his immediate removal has been confirmed, prompting New York Governor Kathy Hochul to announce a special election to fill his vacated seat.