House lawmakers from both parties approved a resolution to vote this week on the impeachment proposal of their colleague George Santos. The House Ethics Committee earlier this month released a scathing report on wrongdoing by the Republican lawmaker from New York, who faces a number of charges in federal court.
Republican lawmaker George Santos opposed his colleagues’ proposal to hold a vote in the House of Representatives on his impeachment, saying that impeaching him before the conclusion of the judicial process would be an unprecedented move.
“I think everyone can agree that the right to due process is important, that we should all be concerned about the way this case is being handled. I ask all my colleagues in the House of Representatives to understand what this would mean for the future of this institution. I will not resign,” he said.
Lawmaker Santos has survived two previous impeachment votes.
However, the report published by the Ethics Commission, after an investigation of several months, caused new reactions from the legislators.
The report published on November 16 contained numerous criticisms of lawmaker Santos, saying that he “has tried to profit financially through fraud from every aspect of his legislative candidacy.”
Lawmaker Santos faces 23 charges, including those for stealing the identities of his campaign donors and then using their credit cards for unauthorized expenses worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Lawmaker Santos is also accused of falsely reporting to the Federal Election Commission that he had given a $500,000 loan to his campaign, when in fact he only had $8,000 in the bank. The fake loan was an attempt to convince Republican party officials that he was a serious candidate, deserving of the party’s financial support.
The Ethics Commission has not made recommendations on how the House of Representatives should handle the case of lawmaker Santos, noting that doing so would require a lengthy process that would give Mr. Santos more opportunities to delayed accountability for his actions. The Ethics Commission said that lawmaker Santos was not cooperative during the investigation process.
The impeachment of lawmaker George Santos will require at least two-thirds of the votes in the House of Representatives. Democratic lawmaker Robert Garcia, who introduced the proposal on Tuesday, said votes to impeach lawmaker Santos would be easily secured. If that happens, George Santos would become the sixth lawmaker to be impeached by his House colleagues, the third since the end of the US civil war.