House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) contacted Rep. George Santos (R-NY) ahead of a vote this week that could expel the disgraced congressman.
Johnson shared the news that he had reached out to Santos during a Monday press conference in Florida.
Speaker Mike Johnson called George Santos to talk ‘options’ ahead of likely expulsion - New York Post https://t.co/VyAlS4aXMu
— Alin Stan, Medium Blogger (@alinstan_cc) November 28, 2023
"Johnson said during a press conference in Sarasota, Fla., that he and Santos talked 'at some length' over the Thanksgiving holiday as the Long Island congressman faces a third expulsion vote following a damning ethics report detailing his abuse of campaign funds," the New York Post reported.
"The report cites the 35-year-old Santos for several campaign finance violations not already mentioned in the 23-count federal indictment against him, including lavish trips and splurges on Botox, luxury goods, and X-rated OnlyFans subscriptions," it added.
Rep. George Santos said he would stand for a likely third vote on his expulsion from Congress in the wake of a scathing House ethics report detailing alleged violations of federal crimes. https://t.co/52igVfYNNI pic.twitter.com/bfYPNRS5xZ
— The Hill (@thehill) November 28, 2023
“Setting the record straight, My conversation with the speaker was positive and I told him I'd be standing for the expulsion vote,” Santos wrote in a post on X.
“Expel me and set the precedent so we can see who the judges, jury, and executioners in Congress are. The American people deserve to know!” he continued.
Santos seems to expect that he will be expelled despite surviving two previous attempts to remove him from the House.
The recent report from the Ethics Committee and federal charges have now added more pressure on Republicans who previously stood with Santos, claiming to wait until the investigation was completed.
Santos has pleaded not guilty to the federal charges and is currently scheduled for trial in September of next year.
The congressman has already announced that he will not run for reelection in 2024, opening up another seat for battle among candidates in both parties.