House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Tuesday he would like the House Ethics Committee to act quickly and return to Congress on whether to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.W.). York) from the House of Representatives. .
“I think the charge against George Santos is very serious. I also know that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, but I don’t want to sit and wait. [for the courts]… I would like the ethics committee to get to this quickly,” McCarthy told reporters during a press conference. “I think there is enough information now that they can start looking into it. And I think they can get back to Congress, probably faster than a court case.”
McCarthy’s remarks come after House Democrats announced Tuesday a resolution to force a vote to expel Santos from Congress, less than a week after the New York Republican was indicted on 13 counts, including seven counts of email fraud. funds, three counts of money laundering, one count of theft of public funds, and two counts of making materially false statements to the House of Representatives.
Last week, Santos pleaded not guilty to all federal charges against him and was released on $500,000 bail.
V resolution in one sentence Rep. Robert Garcia (R-CA) introduced – largely symbolic in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, but will force House Republicans to formally deny Santos’ allegations.
In March, the Ethics Committee announced that it was launching a formal investigation to find out whether Santos “engaged in illegal activities” during his 2022 presidential campaign. The investigation is ongoing and the committee has largely remained silent on the progress of the investigation.
McCarthy also emphasized the bipartisan nature of the committee during a press conference, saying that an equal number of Republicans and Democrats “could look at it very quickly and come to the conclusion about what Santos did or didn’t do.”
“I can’t control ethics anyway. But I would advise the ethics committee to do it quickly. Don’t play timeout. The facts are enough,” McCarthy added.