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Congressman Anthony D'Esposito Moves to Expel Rep. George Santos

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Waqas Arain
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Congressman Anthony D'Esposito Moves to Expel Rep. George Santos

Representative Anthony D'Esposito (R-N.Y.) has initiated a process to force a vote on the expulsion of his fellow Representative George Santos (R-N.Y.) from Congress. D'Esposito's move marks the second such attempt made on the same day, following an earlier motion by Representative Robert Garcia (D-Calif.).

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Parliamentary Procedure

D'Esposito utilized a parliamentary procedure known as a privileged measure, which requires the House to address the resolution within two legislative days. This strategic maneuver aims to prevent Republican leadership from slow-rolling any bid to push Santos out of the office.

Ethics Committee Report

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The resolution, sponsored by House Ethics Committee Chairman Michael Guest (R-Miss.), followed a severe report from the Ethics Committee. This report accused Santos of violating federal criminal laws. The committee found 'substantial evidence' that Mr. Santos had violated the law, adding fuel to the push for expulsion.

Defiant Santos

Representative Santos, currently under a 23-count federal indictment, has shown defiance amidst the expulsion efforts. He dared his fellow lawmakers to vote for his expulsion, demanding they 'put up or shut up.' Despite the controversy surrounding him, Santos has announced that he will not seek reelection and is expected to face trial against his 13 criminal charges in September 2024.

The ongoing developments form part of a broader effort to address the controversy surrounding Representative Santos. This issue continues to stir the waters in the House, with Santos's fate likely to be decided as early as this week.

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