Republican Representative George Santos is accused of fraud and money laundering.
Elected official from the State of New York, he was also indicted for defrauding his donors as well as money laundering and electronic fraud. He pleaded not guilty.
The elected official, whose cheating was the talk of social networks, has long managed to overcome calls for resignation, launched upon his inauguration by elected officials from both sides. Until the publication of a report from the Ethics Commission of the House of Representatives, accusing him of having seriously discredited the institution.
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According to the commission, the elected official sought to fraudulently exploit every aspect of his candidacy for his personal financial gain and constantly lied to his voters, his donors and his team about his background and experience.
According to the report, the elected official used the embezzled money for purchases in the luxury store Ferragamo, in a casino, for cosmetic Botox treatments and on the platform OnlyFans, on which users can share their videos and photos of a sexual nature.
George Santos reacted by calling this text political slander while assuring that he would not run for a new term in 2024.
Also accused of having exaggerated reality by presenting himself as an American proud to be Jewish, or as the grandson of Holocaust survivors who fled Nazi barbarity, he refused to resign.
Friday morning, however, George Santos seemed resigned.
I accepted my destiny. If God's will is to keep me here, I will stay, if God's will is for me to leave, I will leave, he told Fox News on Friday morning a few hours before the vote.
He had been summoned by the chairman of the ethics committee of the Republican-majority House of Representatives, Michael Guest, deeming him unworthy to serve as a member of this institution.
A previous motion to exclude was rejected because it did not receive the necessary two-thirds majority of votes from representatives present.
The last elected member of the House of Representatives excluded by his peers was a Democrat from Ohio, James Traficant, ousted in 2002 on the basis of ten charges, including corruption. The following week, he was sentenced to eight years in prison.