George Santos could now face expulsion from the House of Representatives after a Democratic lawmaker took the step seeking to punish the freshman congressman after it was revealed he is a habitual liar.
Representative Robert Garcia introduced a resolution Thursday to make Santos only the sixth-ever member of the House to be expelled from Congress.
Specifically, Garcia says that Santos should not be privy to classified information he might come across as a congressman after it was proven that he cannot be trusted.
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries said he hasn’t yet made up his mind whether he will support Garcia’s resolution, according to Punchbowl News.
‘I haven’t taken a position on the resolution and I haven’t read the resolution,’ Jeffries said.
He did, however, call Santos ‘a complete and utter and total fraud.’
Congressman Robert Garcia, a California Democrat, introduced a resolution Thursday to expel Republican Rep. George Santos from the House of Representatives
Santos was revealed to be a pathological liar after he was elected to Congress. He told tales about everything from his resume, education and even his family’s heritage
A flurry of reports over the last few months, after Santos was elected to New York’s 3rd congressional district, reveal that he lied about several aspects of himself from his career resume, to his education, to his family’s ethnic background.
Garcia, who is gay, said Santos has caused ‘disgust’ within the LGBTQ community who feel he has represented them in a negative light.
‘The final straw was being given access to classified information,’ the California congressman told C-SPAN at the Capitol on Thursday. ‘You’re literally giving someone who’s a fraud and a liar access to America’s secrets.’
The expulsion prospect would likely include an investigation resulting in a referral for expulsion from the panel to the full chamber.
Democrats have levied increasing calls for action to be taken against Santos – and Republicans are starting to follow suit for the New York GOP lawmaker.
Expulsion is the most severe sanction Congress can levy on a member in the House or Senate.
Only five representatives have ever been successfully expelled from the House: Representatives John Clark and John Reid of Missouri; Henry Burnett of Kentucky; Michael Myers of Pennsylvania; and James Traficant of Ohio.
Clark, Reid and Burnett were expelled for taking up arms against the U.S. government in 1861. The next expulsion wasn’t until nearly 120 years later, when Myers was booted from the House by colleagues for taking bribes in an FBI operation. He was later sentenced to three years in prison.
Most recently, Traficant was expelled from the lower chamber in 2002 after he was convicted of ten felony counts, including accepting bribes, filing fraudulent tax returns, racketeering and forcing congressional staff to carry out chores at his Ohio farm and his houseboat in Washington, D.C.
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries didn’t say whether or not he would support Garcia’s resolution
The next expulsion wasn’t until nearly 120 years later, when Representative Michael Myers of Pennsylvania (pictured with his wife) was booted from the House in 1980 for taking bribes in an FBI operation. He was later sentenced to three years in prison
Most recently, James Traficant of Ohio was expelled from the House in 2002 after he was convicted of ten felony counts, including accepting bribes, filing fraudulent tax returns, racketeering and forcing congressional staff to carry out chores at his Ohio farm and his houseboat in Washington, D.C. He served seven years in prison and was released in 2009
He was released from prison in 2009 after serving a seven-year sentence.
Expulsion is really the only tool to remove a lawmaker from office without their constituents voting them out of their position.
Historically, the removal involves disloyalty to the U.S. or a violation of criminal law.
Before the step of expulsion is taken, there are two lesser actions either chamber can take to express disapproval of a member or their actions, including a reprimand and a censure.
While only five members of the House have been removed, 15 senators have been expelled from the upper chamber in U.S. history.
The disciplinary process for an expulsion or censure begins with a resolution referred to an appropriate committee. In the case of Santos this would likely be in the hands of the House Ethics Committee.