The House Committee on Ethics has launched an investigation into allegations that Representative George Santos, a freshman Republican from New York, broke the law during his 2022 campaign. The committee voted unanimously to establish an investigative subcommittee to determine whether Santos engaged in unlawful activity relating to his campaign, failed to properly disclose required information on statements filed with the House, violated federal conflict of interest laws in connection with his role at a firm providing fiduciary services, and/or engaged in sexual misconduct towards an individual seeking employment in his congressional office.
A letter from the chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Ethics reads, “The Investigative Subcommittee shall have jurisdiction to determine whether Representative George Santos engaged in unlawful activity with respect to his 2022 congressional campaign; failed to properly disclose required information on statements filed with the House; violated federal conflict of interest laws in connection with his role at a firm providing fiduciary services; and/or engaged in sexual misconduct towards an individual seeking employment in his congressional office,”
Santos’ team responded on Twitter:
The House Committee on Ethics has opened an investigation, and Congressman George Santos is fully cooperating. There will be no further comment made at this time.
— Rep. George Santos (@RepSantosNY03) March 2, 2023
The subcommittee will produce a report on the allegations against Santos once its investigations are complete. Should the full Ethics Committee determine that Santos violated congressional rules, it could recommend sanctions against him to the entire House, including expulsion, censure, a formal reprimand, or a fine. For Santos to be expelled, it would take a two-thirds vote from the full House, and he would be only the sixth member in U.S. history to be expelled.
The investigative subcommittee will be chaired by Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, and Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pa., will be the top Democrat on the panel. Santos’ office stated that he is fully cooperating with the investigation.