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

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-California, said Tuesday that Rep. George Santos, R.N.Y., will be removed from his congressional position if an investigation by the House Ethics Committee finds he broke the law.

The committee’s investigation was launched following reports that Santos fabricated parts of his background, including his education and work history, during his 2022 campaign. The freshman congressman is also questioned by several federal, state and local entities.

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

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

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

But McCarthy also reiterated earlier statements that he thinks Santos should keep his House seat because he was elected to serve.

“You know why I support him? Because his constituents voted for him,” he said. “I don’t have the power, just because I disagree with someone on what they said, that I will remove them from elected office.”

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

McCarthy said last week that he still has "had a few questions" on Santos' resume.

McCarthy said last week that he “always had a few questions” about Santos’ resume.
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The speaker’s remarks come after reports surfaced that Santos had fabricated parts of his past during his 2022 campaign, in which he defeated Democrat Robert Zimmerman.

Santos had lied about his work and school background, his ties to an alleged Ponzi scheme, the death of his mother and the fact that he had once been married to a woman despite now being openly gay.

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

Santos fabricated parts of his background, including his education and work history, during his 2022 campaign.
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He is also accused of using a bogus animal charity in 2016 to scam a disabled veteran into raising money for his dog’s cancer treatment and then keeping the funds himself. Santos denies the allegation.

Santos has faced calls to resign from congressional Republicans and Democrats and many New York State Republicans. Santos said earlier this month he would step down if asked to do so by the 142,000 people who voted for him.

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