US Rep. Nick LaLota, R-Amityville, said Thursday that Rep.George Santos must be removed from Congress after a House Ethics Committee report found “substantial evidence” that he had violated federal law.
Santos announced shortly after the report was issued Thursday that he would not run for re-election.
The 56-page ethics committee report said that “there was substantial evidence that Representative George Santos: knowingly caused his campaign committee to file false or incomplete reports with the Federal Election Commission; used campaign funds for personal purposes; engaged in fraudulent conduct in connection with RedStone Strategies LLC; and engaged in knowing and willful violations of the Ethics in Government Act as it relates to his Financial Disclosure (FD) Statements filed with the House.”
LaLota said, “The bipartisan Ethics Committee report confirms what most New Yorkers understood months ago; George Santos is a lying fraudster who stole an election to get to Congress. My fellow New Yorkers deserve a real representative.” said LaLota. “Now, his election should be invalidated by the House using its Constitutional expulsion powers. Then, at an early-spring special election, my New York neighbors to the west will finally get an opportunity to participate in a valid election.”
LaLota represents the First District, which includes Huntington. Santos is in the Third, which previously included Huntington.