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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said embattled Rep. George Santos (R-NY) will be removed from Congress if an investigation finds that he broke the law.
Santos is currently under investigation by the House Ethics Committee. The investigation resulted from revelations that the freshman congressman had lied about numerous parts of his life and career. In addition to the Ethics Committee inquiry, Santos is currently under investigation by a variety of federal and state entities.
McCarthy has mostly defended Santos, condemning specific misdeeds but refusing to denounce him completely, unlike many other House Republicans. McCarthy’s remarks Tuesday are perhaps the closest he has come yet to outright condemning Santos.
“If for some way when we go through Ethics and he has broken the law, then we will remove him,” McCarthy said, according to Axios.
“You know why I’m standing by him?” McCarthy continued. “Because his constituents voted for him.”
“I do not have the power, simply because I disagree with somebody on what they have said, that I will remove them from elected office.”
McCarthy fielded heated questions over Santos after he officially removed Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff (Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (Calif.) from serving on the Intelligence Committee. He told reporters that there were serious questions about Swalwell and Schiff, and that they were not fit to serve on the committee. He said 200 other Democrats are fit, so it is not political.
He reiterated that voters elected Schiff and Swalwell, just as they had Santos, and he was honoring those voters wishes in all cases.
Wow. McCarthy responds to a question about removing Schiff and Swalwell from the Intelligence committees and Santos. pic.twitter.com/f00hE2K21K
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) January 25, 2023
McCarthy says Santos will be removed from Congress if Ethics Committee determines he broke the law https://t.co/pbP5hDYfpd
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 25, 2023
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