The United States House of Representatives expelled the controversial Republican legislator this Friday on the third attempt George Santoswho had built his political career on lies and alleged crimes.
Santos was expelled with 311 votes in favor and 114 against, with many of his Republican colleagues joining Democrats to achieve the necessary two-thirds that forced his departure from Congress.
As it became clear that the votes for his expulsion would be enough, Santos said goodbye to his few allies by shaking hands and He left the chamber before the final result was announced.. His position, representing a wealthy district on Long Island (New York), is now vacant pending elections.
An unprecedented expulsion in the US
Santos’s is the sixth expulsion of a legislator in the 230-year history of the US Congress, making it a exceptional measure that in the case of Santos is unprecedented.
The first three expulsionsin 1861, went to secessionists from the Confederation, while the other two, in 1981 and 2002, to congressmen convicted of corruption crimes.
The controversies of George Santos
Charged with 13 charges
Santos has not been convicted of any crime, but is charged with 13 counts of fraud, money laundering and theft of public funds -for illegally collecting $24,000 from the unemployment fund-, among others.
More than $200,000 campaign dollars for personal purposes
It is also noted by an internal report of the House of Representatives Ethics Committeecontrolled by his Republican colleagues, of having pocketed more than $200,000 of his campaign funds for personal purposes.
Shopping, travel and OnlyFans subscription
Among the expenses that Santos would have incurred with that money are purchases in Hermès, Ferragamo or Sephoraa subscription on the adult content page OnlyFans or various tripsas well as recurring payments to your credit cards.
His lies: he is neither Jewish nor did his mother survive 9/11
But beyond his alleged crimes and ethical misconduct, what has really made Santos famous during the 11 months that he has been a congressman, have been the recurring scandals usually related to his lies.
Santos lied when he explained that his grandparents had fled the Holocaustwhen he assured that his mother had survived the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York or when he said he was Jewish.
Also in his resume, when he said that he had worked on Wall Street or that he had studied at New York University (NYU). Furthermore, she had a judicial process opened for fraud in Brazilwhere he had lived and from where he fled without being held accountable.
All this had caused two previous expulsion attemptsbut Santos had survived both.
On Thursday, in his last hours as a congressman, the Lower House held the debate in which Santos faced above all his party colleagues who were going to allow his fall.
“You are a thief”Republican Max Miller snapped at Santos, to which Santos responded: “My colleague wants to come here and call me a thief. The same colleague who has been accused of mistreating women. We all have a past.”