(UnitedVoice.com) – The Department of Justice announced the indictment of Rep. George Santos (R-NY) on May 10. The congressman was charged with several felonies, including money laundering, lying to Congress, stealing public funds, and wire fraud. Democratic lawmakers are now moving to censure him.
On July 17, Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) issued a press release notifying the public that he would soon introduce a resolution to censure Santos for “conduct unbecoming of a member of Congress.” That behavior includes lying to his constituents, the American people, and donors about his professional and personal life.
Torres accused Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) of protecting Santos from being held accountable. The New York Democrat said Republicans voted to keep the congressman in office and promised the Ethics Committee would deal with him within 60 days. That timeline has come and gone, Torres said. He called on other members of Congress to support his measure to censure Santos “and to stop treating him as untouchable.”
The breadth and depth of George Santos's lies and deception are so staggering that it cries out for Congressional punishment.
A public censure is a step toward long-overdue accountability after months of inaction by @HouseGOP.
Doing nothing is no longer an option. pic.twitter.com/REbCGTsYgt
— Rep. Ritchie Torres (@RepRitchie) July 18, 2023
The resolution allowed Torres to force a vote on the measure within two days. However, he has not actually introduced it yet and didn’t say when he intends to do so. An aide who works for Democratic leadership said it would likely be put forward before Congress takes its August recess if the House Ethics Committee has still not acted by then.
Though Democrats are introducing the censure resolution, they aren’t the only ones who have a problem with Santos. Long Island Republicans have all called for the congressman to resign from office. In January, they held a press conference and slammed the lawmaker for lying to his constituents.
Santos was caught telling constituents he was Jewish, even though his family is Catholic. He also claimed his mother survived the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, but she was not even in the city that day. Most recently, Santos has compared himself to the civil rights hero Rosa Parks.
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