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House Expels Indicted Republican Representative George Santos

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House Expels Indicted Republican Representative George Santos

In a momentous decision, the House of Representatives voted to expel indicted Republican Representative George Santos, marking the end of his tumultuous term. Santos, a New York Congressman, faced accusations of financial misdeeds including fraudulent campaign spending. Governor Kathy Hochul is now prepared to fill the vacancy left by Santos' expulsion. GOP House Ethics Chair Michael Guest defended the panel's report on Santos, despite criticism from GOP colleagues who argue that expulsion without a conviction sets a dangerous precedent.

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Santos: A Troubled Tenure

George Santos' brief political career was riddled with controversy. Accused of reimbursing himself for loans to his congressional campaign that he appears to have never actually made, Santos allegedly stole money from campaign donors. His career ended abruptly when fellow lawmakers voted to expel him over criminal corruption charges. Santos, who has been charged with 23 federal fraud counts, has pleaded not guilty. A previous attempt to expel him, led by his own party, failed as senior Democrats voted against it, citing the dangers of expelling members without secured convictions.

Expulsion: An Uncommon Event

Santos' expulsion makes him just the sixth member of the House ever to be expelled and the first in more than 20 years. The House's decision to expel Santos came after a damning report from the House ethics committee, detailing how Santos used campaign funds for personal expenses, including travel, cosmetic treatment, and luxury goods. This unprecedented event has led to a shift in the House's balance, with the removal of Santos lowering the number of House Republicans to 221, against 213 Democrats, making it even more challenging for the majority to pass legislation without Democratic support.

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