Santos Trying To Get Bowman Expelled From House

Rep. George Santos (R-NY) is refusing to fade into the shadows as he faces possible expulsion from Congress.

The lawmaker, who is currently embroiled in legal troubles of his own, has announced a resolution to force a vote on the expulsion of Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) following Bowman’s recent misdemeanor charge related to his fire alarm stunt in the House office building in September.

Santos filed his resolution as “privileged,” which requires the chamber to take action within two legislative days. However, it remains uncertain whether he will still be in the House by that deadline, as a vote on his expulsion is set to be held on Friday. He may also not have enough support to pull off his plan to expel Bowman.

During a press conference outside the Capitol on Thursday, Santos unveiled his plans, even as he faces 23 federal criminal counts. Refraining from discussing the allegations against him, he went all out on the Ethics Committee, labeling their final report as “slanderous” and “unprecedented.”

“They go ahead and release this report littered, littered in hyperbole, littered in opinion, that would have — no decent cop would bring this to a prosecutor or a [district attorney] and says here’s our report, go ahead and charge,” Santos stated.

Santos firmly believes that the Ethics Committee’s actions are politically motivated, referring to them as a “smear.” Nevertheless, he announced that he would not seek re-election. He also refuses to resign, arguing that an expulsion vote by the House would set a dangerous precedent regarding due process.

The Ethics Committee report established his guilt regarding the violation of federal criminal laws with which he is charged. According to the committee’s findings, he used funds that were meant for his campaign for personal use, such as trips and Botox. Some of the misused campaign funds were used to make purchases from adult content platform OnlyFans.

Expulsion from the House requires a two-thirds majority vote, a rare occurrence in U.S. history. Only a few members have been expelled, two due to convictions, and three others in 1861 for supporting the Confederacy. If Santos is removed, it could potentially open the door for a Democrat to win a special election in his Long Island district.