Representatives of the United States House decided not to revoke the mandate of George Santos, a politician of Brazilian origin, this Wednesday (1st). Santos is from the Republican Party, which controls the House.
To be approved, the measure needed two-thirds of the deputies, the equivalent of 290 votes. However, only 24 Republican deputies voted in favor of expulsion. Among Democrats, 32 voted against impeachment. The score was as follows:
- 213 voted against the impeachment.
- 179 voted in favor of the revocation.
- 19 they abstained.
Despite Santos’ victory this Wednesday, new proposals should emerge to revoke his mandate. The House ethics committee is preparing a report on the accusations made against the deputy, which should be presented on November 17th, and new expulsion requests may arise.
George Santos invented several stories during his electoral campaign in 2020. At the end of last month, he was formally charged in court with 23 crimes. Among these accusations are the following:
- Money laundering to use campaign funds for personal expenses.
- Having illegally received unemployment insurance money.
- Charging money from campaign donors’ credit cards without their consent.
Santos claims he is innocent. This is the second criminal case that Santos faces in US courts. In May, he was accused of fraud and money laundering. He paid a US$500,000 bond to avoid being arrested pending the processing of the case.
In the Chamber, it was Anthony D’Esposito, a party colleague of Santos, who presented, last Thursday, a proposal to expel Santos from Congress.
“George Santos is not fit to serve his constituents as a United States Representative,” said D’Esposito.
5 points about George Santos, deputy who lied and became the target of accusations in the USA
Santos is the son of Brazilians. He was elected from a district that includes parts of New York City and suburbs. The scandals began shortly after his election in November 2022, first facing accusations that he forged much of his resume and then criminal charges.