US House of Representatives expels Rep. Santos for ‘false career history – misappropriation of public funds’

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6th time in history… 100 Republicans also approved
Santos: ‘Congress, go to hell’ after being expelled

The U.S. House of Representatives expelled Republican Congressman George Santos (35, New York, photo) for not only lying about his education and career but also misusing campaign funds during the midterm elections last November. He was at risk of expulsion in May and November of this year, but managed to keep his seat thanks to the support of the opposition Republican Party. However, as suspicions of corruption continued to emerge, even the Republican Party turned its back on him. This is the sixth expulsion since the inauguration of the U.S. Congress in 1789.

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On this day, the House of Representatives passed the expulsion bill of former Rep. Santos with 311 votes in favor and 114 votes against through a plenary vote. In the Republican Party, to which Rep. Santos belongs, about 100 out of 221 lawmakers supported the bill, meeting the two-thirds (more than 290) requirement of 434 registered lawmakers for passage. It is reported that most ruling Democratic Party members agreed.

The day before the vote, Rep. Santos made a statement that was close to a threat to his fellow lawmakers, saying, “You too could be expelled like me, so it would be better not to set a precedent.” Nevertheless, when the approval was announced, the New York Times (NYT) reported that he left the plenary room with the words to himself, “Congress, go to hell.”

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He, who identified as a second-generation Brazilian immigrant and a sexual minority, claimed during his campaign that he worked at Goldman Sachs and Citibank after graduating from New York University’s Graduate School of Business Administration (MBA). He claimed that he was a symbol of the ‘American Dream’ and was elected as a Republican in New York, a Democratic stronghold.

Immediately after, follow-up reports from NYT and others revealed that not only his educational background and career, but also his stated sexual identity were false. In May of this year, he was arrested on 23 charges, including fraud, money laundering and theft of public funds, and was released on bail. In particular, on the 16th of last month, public opinion within the party deteriorated sharply as the House of Representatives Ethics Committee’s investigation report containing details such as that he bought luxury clothes with campaign funds, paid off bank debt, and even received botox treatment was released.

Source: Donga

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