The House Ethics Committee is investigating Rep. George Santos (R-NY) following allegations of his admitted lies and fabrications, as well as potential campaign finance violations. Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) confirmed the investigation in a statement to reporters on Tuesday, saying that appropriate action will be taken if the committee finds any wrongdoing. Despite calls for Santos to resign from members of Congress, including Republicans and New Yorkers, McCarthy has not yet joined in these calls.
Speaker McCarthy told me 'yes," confirming for the first time that Rep. George Santos is facing a House Ethics probe.
"Ethics is moving through, and if Ethics finds something, we’ll take action," he said when asked about Santos' constituents calling on him to resign
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 7, 2023
The inquiry was initiated by constituents from Santos’ district, comprising parts of Long Island and Queens, who visited the Capitol to request action. A recent poll conducted by Siena College showed that the majority of voters in the district, 78% to 13%, demand Santos’ resignation, including 71% of Republicans.
McCarthy’s confirmation of the investigation followed a week after Santos stepped away from his committee duties, which the speaker acknowledged was the proper move. Despite the investigation, Santos seems unperturbed and stated to CNN that he is “not concerned.” He also questioned if the free speech rights of his constituents are an obstacle to his work.
The investigation into Rep. George Santos is a serious matter that could have long-lasting implications for both his career and the future of his constituents. The House Ethics Committee has a responsibility to thoroughly investigate all allegations of wrongdoing and take appropriate action if any is found. It is clear that constituents are demanding action and it is up to the committee to ensure that justice is served.
The public will be watching closely as the investigation progresses and it will be interesting to see how the committee handles the situation. It is important that all parties involved are treated fairly and that the truth is uncovered. Ultimately, it is up to the committee to decide what action should be taken and how this situation will be resolved.
The preceding article is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Townhall