House Votes Against Expelling Rep. George Santos
The House of Representatives voted against expelling Rep. George Santos on Wednesday, despite an ongoing ethics investigation and multiple felony charges against him. The final vote was 213 against expulsion, 179 in favor, and 19 present.
Santos Survives Vote to Expel Him from House
More Democrats voted to keep Santos than Republicans to get rid of him. Twenty-four Republicans voted to expel Santos, while 31 Democrats crossed over and voted not to oust the New York Republican. Four Republicans and 15 Democrats voted present.
Santos Remains in House Despite Ethics Investigation
To oust Santos, two-thirds of the House would have had to vote to expel him. The House Ethics Committee is expected to release its findings on its investigation into Santos on or before November 17.
Santos Faces Uncertain Future Despite Surviving Expulsion Vote
Santos has denied all of the charges against him and has said that he will run for re-election next year. However, it remains to be seen whether he will be able to survive the ethics investigation and the felony charges against him.
Santos’ Expulsion Vote: A Win for Due Process or a Sign of GOP Hypocrisy?
Some have argued that the House vote against expelling Santos is a victory for due process. They argue that Santos should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Others have argued that the vote is a sign of GOP hypocrisy, given that the party has previously called for the expulsion of Democrats who have been charged with crimes.
It is unclear what the future holds for Santos. He is facing serious charges and could be expelled from the House if he is convicted. However, he has also shown a remarkable ability to survive political scandals.