After the House Ethics Committee found probable cause that New York Representative George Santos may have violated federal criminal law, the issue was sent to the Department of Justice. Santos announced his intention to not run for reelection in 2024 immediately following the committee’s findings.
Because his family does not deserve to be under constant media scrutiny, he stated that he will not be running for re-election in 2024 after the Ethics Committee released a report.
An investigation revealed that Santos had intentionally violated the Ethics in Government Act regarding his Financial Disclosure (F) Statement, used campaign funds for personal purposes, committed fraud concerning RedStone Strategies LLC, and compelled his campaign to file false or incomplete reports with the FEC. The committee consisted of six House members evenly split between the two parties.
According to the ISC investigation, Santos routinely diverted campaign monies to his accounts. Then he would spend it on groceries, parking, interest on his credit card balances, and high-end goods from companies like Hermès and OnlyFans.
His FEC report detailed spending on things like Botox, a vacation to the Hamptons, cab trips, hotels, and spa treatments. The report states that the ISC advised the Committee to quickly submit these allegations to the Department of Justice because of the existing criminal investigation into Representative Santos.
Santos was taken into custody in May on fraud, money laundering, and making false statements to lawmakers. Identity theft and campaign finance fraud were among the extra accusations included in the indictment handed down in October.
Even though Representative Santos’ behavior is below the dignity required for the office, deserves public condemnation, and has brought enormous disgrace upon the House, the committee did not recommend that the House of Representatives remove Santos or sanction him in any way.
A vote to remove Santos from the House failed. Before taking any action against Santos, Republicans said in May that they would await the Ethics Committee’s recommendation. Given their slim majority and record of protecting their own, the House GOP may decide to sit on their hands for the rest of his term now that they can do so.