Santos Threatens Other Republicans After He Was Ousted

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( – In May, Representative George Santos (R-NY) was indicted by the US District Court in the Eastern District of New York on 13 counts of money laundering, misleading donors, and defrauding the government by falsely claiming unemployment benefits when he was employed. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. At the time, then-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said he planned to keep Santos in Congress pending trial. Now, a superseding indictment against the controversial NY legislator might change Santos’ legislative status.

On October 10, federal prosecutors added 10 new federal charges to Santos’ tally, bringing the legal claim count against him to 23. The new claims allege that the representative stole his donors’ identities, made purchases using their credit cards, and submitted false campaign reports listing fake loans and contributions that were either false or stolen. One day after the news broke, Representative Anthony D’Esposito (R-NY) announced his plan to introduce an expulsion resolution to remove Santos from Congress — supported by several other House members. The indicted legislator then threatened anyone who tried to take him out of the Lower Chamber.

Representative Santos said the effort to oust him from Congress was an “anti-American” move by “weak RINOs.” During his lengthy statement on social media, the lawmaker said if he’s removed, he’ll have “a lot of time on [his] hands” to “return the favor.” He alluded to having secret knowledge of other legislators’ careers that he could use against them if pushed to do so. Santos said those making moves against him were simply projecting and he was “done with the hypocrisy.” When asked if he would take a plea deal, Santos answered “no,” insisting he could “prove [his] innocence.”

Just last week, Santos’ bookkeeper, Nancy Marks, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the US. According to The New York Times, she admitted to reporting false donations, inflating financial numbers, and lying for the legislator. Marks also said a $500,000 loan Santos claimed to have was a lie.

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