New York Republican Rep. Anthony D’Esposito moves to force a vote on the expulsion of Rep. George Santos, marking an additional chapter in the fight to oust the lawmaker.
D’Esposito proposed the Santos expulsion resolution, introduced by House Ethics Committee Chairman Michael Guest, as a privileged resolution, forcing the House to act on the measure in the next two legislative days.
D’Esposito’s move came just hours after California Democratic Rep. Robert Garcia did the same with his own expulsion resolution against Santos, spawning two competing efforts to unseat the impeached representative.
Now there’s a SECOND effort to expel Santos in motion.
D’Esposito just moved to force a vote on Ethics Chair Guest’s res to expel Santos. Comes after Garcia did the same for his res.
— Mychael Schnell (@mychaelschnell) November 29, 2023
Pressure to oust Santos increased after the Ethics Committee released a critical report claiming the representative “violated federal criminal laws” and detailing misuse of campaign funds on travel, luxury purchases and subscriptions to the Onlyfans adult platform.
Despite surviving two expulsion votes this year, Santos now faces a more significant challenge, as some lawmakers who previously backed him appear to have changed their position.
Santos, however, has remained defiant, calling the Ethics Committee report “incomplete, irresponsible and littered with hyperbole.” In a House session, he expressed that he has no intention of resigning, prompting his colleagues to decide his fate in plenary.