McCarthy says he will be removed from Congress if ethics committee determines Santos broke law

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Tuesday that Representative George Santos, RN.Y., If a House Ethics Committee investigation concludes that he violated the law, he will be removed from Congress.

The committee’s investigation was launched after reports that Santos fabricated parts of his background, including his education and work history, during his 2022 campaign. The new Congressman is also being investigated by several federal, state and local agencies.

McCarthy has largely defended calls for Santos’ resignation. The speaker has condemned some of Santos’ conduct, but Tuesday was the first instance in which he suggested possible consequences. for the New York Republican.

McCarthy told reporters at a news conference outside his office, “If somehow when we go through ethics, and he has broken the law, we will fire him.”

Jorge Santos accused of ‘attempted murder’ in interview with Brazilian podcaster: report

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Rep. George Santos would be removed from Congress if a House Ethics Committee investigation finds he broke the law.

But McCarthy also reiterated prior statements that he believes Santos should retain his House seat because he was elected to serve.

He said, “You know why I stand by him? Because his voters voted him in.” “I do not have the power, just because I disagree with someone about what they have said, that I will remove them from elected office.”

McCarthy said last week that he always had “some questions” about Santos’ resume. Santos was nominated by two committees – Small Business and Science, Space and Technology House Republican Leadership Last week.

McCarthy said last week that he would always "had some questions" Regarding Santos' resume.

McCarthy said last week he always had “some questions” about Santos’ resume.
(Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)

The speaker’s remarks followed reports that Santos had fabricated parts of his background during his tenure 2022 campaign, In which he defeated Democrat Robert Zimmerman.

Santos lied about his work and education history, ties to an alleged Ponzi scheme, his mother’s death, and having been previously married to a woman, despite now being openly gay.

Jorge Santos denies defrauding disabled veteran by raising money for his dog’s cancer treatment

Santos fabricated parts of his background during his 2022 campaign, including his education and work history.

Santos fabricated parts of his background during his 2022 campaign, including his education and work history.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Click here to get the Fox News app

He is also accused of raising money for a disabled veteran’s cancer treatment for his dog in 2016 and then using fake animal donations to keep the money himself. Santos denied the allegation.

Santos has faced calls to resign from Republicans and Democrats in Congress and from several New York State Republicans. Santos said earlier this month that he would resign if the 142,000 people who voted for him told him to.