New York Republican Rep. George Santos was expelled from the House in a historic vote Friday, with four Democrats voting “in attendance” or against the controversial congressman’s removal from Congress. Ta.
Santos’ fate was sealed when 311 members of the House of Representatives voted in favor of expelling him, and 114 voted against. The tally includes 105 Republicans and 206 Democrats who voted to remove him from office, and 112 Republicans and two Democrats who voted to keep him in office.
The two Democrats who bucked their party and voted to keep Mr. Santos in Congress were Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott and Georgia Rep. Nikema Williams.
“George Santos is not fit to serve in the House of Representatives,” Williams said in a statement. “He will probably be convicted of the crimes he is accused of. This is the House of Peoples. Even though the findings of the House Ethics Committee were damning, it’s up to New York’s 3rd District to decide who will represent them. It’s up to the people to decide, and that’s what I’m always going to do.”I’m on the side of giving power to voters. ”
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Two other Democrats, Texas Rep. Al Green and Illinois Rep. Jonathan Jackson, voted present.
Jackson said he did so because of ethical incidents that occurred while Santos was running for president, an Axios reporter wrote in X.
“I don’t think that’s our responsibility…If he was cheating in office, we should definitely remove him.” Jackson told reporters..
A two-thirds majority vote is required to expel a member. The last time a member of Congress was expelled was more than 20 years ago, in 2002, when former Ohio Democratic Rep. Jim Traficant was voted out of Congress.
Before being deported, Traficant had been convicted of 10 felonies, including extortion and bribery.
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Mr. Santos has not been convicted of a crime, but has been charged with 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, falsifying records and credit card fraud.
He is also suspected of using campaign funds for several luxury goods and treatments such as Botox. He pleaded not guilty.
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Santos said in an interview on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning that he would be expelled from Congress.
Fox News Digital’s Elizabeth Elkind contributed to this report.