U.S. House Rep. Michael Guest, a Republican who represents Mississippi’s 3rd congressional district, will introduce a resolution Friday morning to expel George Santos, the embattled New York Republican congressman who faces an array of felony charges.
Guest’s chief of staff, Jordan Downs, confirmed the plans in response to a request for comment from the Mississippi Free Press. NBC News’ Kyle Griffin reported the news earlier Thursday afternoon.
The Mississippi congressman is the chairman of the U.S. House Ethics Committee, which earlier today announced that an investigation “concluded that there was substantial evidence that Representative George Santos: knowingly caused his campaign committee to file false or incomplete reports with the Federal Election Commission; used campaign funds for personal purposes; engaged in fraudulent conduct in connection with RedStone Strategies LLC; and engaged in knowing and willful violations of the Ethics in Government Act as it relates to his Financial Disclosure (FD) Statements filed with the House.”
“In light of the ongoing criminal investigation into Representative Santos, and the (investigative subcommittee)’s findings of additional uncharged and unlawful conduct by Representative Santos, the ISC recommended that the Committee immediately refer these allegations to the Department of Justice,” the report continues. “…. The Committee concurs with the ISC’s determination that Representative Santos’ conduct warrants public condemnation, is beneath the dignity of the office, and has brought severe discredit upon the House.”
A previous effort to expel Santos failed earlier this month, but that was before the committee’s report came out. The new report says that he used campaign funds to pay for botox treatments, purchases at Hermes and Sephora, and for “purchases at OnlyFans.” The congressman announced today that he would not seek reelection.
“If there was a single ounce of ETHICS in the ‘Ethics committee,’ they would not have released this biased report,” he said in a tweet today. “The Committee went to extraordinary lengths to smear myself and my legal team about me not being forthcoming. … It is a disgusting politicized smear that shows the depths of how low our federal government has sunk. Everyone who participated in this great miscarriage of
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