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Colleagues Holding George Santos, Jamaal Bowman to Different Standards

Rep. Jamal Bowman (D-N.Y.) would be expelled from Congress if held to the same standards as Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-N.Y.) said. -Minnesota) said Tuesday.

“If people think, [expelling Santos is] If that’s appropriate, then Jamal Bowman should be ejected,” Emmer was quoted as saying. politiko.

Rep. Robert Garcia (D-Calif.) introduced a privilege resolution Tuesday to expel Santos from the House. The House must vote on the resolution within two legislative days, with a historic vote scheduled for Thursday.

As Mr. Emmer observed, Mr. Bowman has been convicted, but Mr. Santos has not yet appeared in court and has pleaded not guilty to the federal crimes.

WATCH: Security video shows Democrat Jamal Bowman removing warning signs and setting off fire alarms.

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In September, as Senate Democrats scrambled to finalize their own funding deal, Bowman spoke to Republican Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) just before a key vote on funding the government. set off the fire alarm at the Cannon House office building. Leveraged Republicans.

Bowman, a former middle school principal, claimed he pulled the alarm because he thought the door would open and that he was trying to cross the street at the Capitol to vote before time ran out.

Republicans claim he was trying to delay voting, which could be a federal crime.

Breitbart News first reported that Bowman, a former middle school principal, threw an emergency warning sign to the ground before setting off the fire alarm, discrediting Bowman’s claims. Video later confirmed Breitbart’s report.

Bowman was indicted by the D.C. Attorney General’s Office and took a plea deal on a misdemeanor charge of knowingly or knowingly setting off a fire alarm falsely. Bowman agreed to pay a mere $1,000 fine and write a formal apology to the Capitol Police, but many Republicans said the punishment amounted to a slap on the wrist for a crime punishable by up to six months in prison. It claims to be equivalent.

He was never charged with the more serious federal crime of obstructing a federal proceeding.

In any case, the discrepancy in the treatment of Mr. Santos and Mr. Bowman is particularly striking as Republicans are hastening to distance themselves from Mr. Bowman by simply making commonplace comments and sarcastic tweets about him.

Democrats have uniformly supported Bowman, even though he was found to have lied and later admitted to the crime.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana), who has said little about Bowman, has been pressuring Santos to resign to avoid forcing his fellow Republicans to take tough votes.

On January 31, 2023, in Washington, DC, Congressman George Santos (R-New York) leaves the Capitol Hill Club, followed by reporters. Santos is reportedly stepping back from his House committee assignments amid ongoing investigations into his finances, campaign spending and false statements made during his campaign. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Freshman Republicans from Mr. Santos’ New York delegation, Reps. Nick Larota, Nick Langworthy, Anthony D’Esposito, Mike Lawler, and Mark Molinaro, called on Santos: Resign In January. Sophomore Rep. Andrew Garbarino, a member of the House Ethics Committee, voted in favor of referring the evidence against Santos to the Justice Department.

The Ethics Commission decided not to pursue charges against Bowman.

Many of New York’s Republican delegates spearheaded the push for Santos’ ouster, appearing on the House floor multiple times throughout the year to encourage his ouster, even during important House debates on government funding. I’ve done it.

One of them, D’Esposito, moved on Tuesday to privilege the resolution to expel Santos and force it to a vote.

No New York Republican has taken similar action despite Bowman, a fellow New Yorker, admitting to having committed a crime.

Follow Bradley Jay twitter @BradleyAJaye.

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