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House Ethics Investigation: Santos Commits to Complying ‘100%’

03 March 2023, Friday
[caption id="attachment_1853" align="alignnone" width="1024"] WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: U.S. Rep. George Santos (R-NY) leaves the Capitol Hill Club as members of the press follow him on January 31, 2023 in Washington, DC. Amid ongoing investigations into his finances, campaign spending and false statements on the campaign trail, Santos is reportedly recusing himself from his House committee assignments. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)[/caption]
New York Representative George Santos declared on Friday that he will completely surrender to the House Ethics Committee, which is currently reviewing a multitude of accusations leveled against the freshly-elected Republican. On Thursday, the Committee voted unanimously to create an Investigative Subcommittee to formally examine the allegations.

Rep. John Santos is the subject of an investigation by the House Ethics Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The inquiry will examine possible unlawful behavior in relation to his 2022 congressional campaign, failure to declare required details on documents filed with the House, potential violations of federal conflict of interest laws concerning his role in a firm providing fiduciary services, and alleged sexual misconduct involving a potential employee of his office.

Santos stated to ABC's Gabe Ferris on Capitol Hill that he would provide full cooperation with the committee's investigation, though he declined to answer a question about any information he may have already furnished.

Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio) and Rep. Susan Wild (D-Pa.) have been chosen to helm the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. Joyce will serve as chair, with Wild as the ranking member.

When questioned about the appointment, Santos responded on Twitter with a statement confirming his cooperation and saying that he would make no further comments.

Santos has previously admitted to providing false information regarding parts of his past, specifically about finishing college - which he did not. Nonetheless, he has maintained that his actions were in line with what can be expected with embellishing resumes. He has denied any illegal actions and pledged that he will meet the expectations of his constituents before becoming mayor.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy stated in January that if the Ethics Committee finds Santos has broken the law, he will be removed from his position. McCarthy stressed that he believes in the rule of law, affirming that an individual is innocent until proven guilty. If a majority of the Committee determines he has done something wrong, they can submit a recommendation to the House for potential punishments such as expulsion, censure, reprimand, fine, among others.

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