Santos VOWS To File Ethics Complaints Against Lawmakers After Expulsion

( – Despite being expelled from Congress, (former) Republican New York Representative George Santos seems unfazed by it all and is now threatening to file an ethics complaint against four of his ex-colleagues in the House of Representatives.

Santos says that he will file official complaints against Republican New York Representatives Nicole Malliotakis, Mike Lawler, and Nick LaLota, along with Democratic New Jersey Representative Rob Menendez.

Taking to social media, Santos put out a series of tweets accusing Rep. Malliotakis of using her position on the House Ways and Means committee to conduct insider trading, and he accused Rep. LaLota of taking a paycheck from his local board of elections, despite not showing up for work, while working on his law degree. As for Rep. Menendez, Santos said that it is possible that the congressman had knowledge of his father’s illegal activities. Democratic New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez is facing federal charges over his alleged participation in a bribery scheme. Finally, Santos accused Rep. Lawler of having irregularities in his use of campaign funds.

Incidentally, accusations of campaign finance violations, along with fraud and money laundering, were the reason why Santos was kicked out of Congress recently. The House voted 311-114 to expel him in light of his 23 indictments that cover a plethora of alleged crimes that include identity theft, credit card fraud, wire fraud, falsification of records, submitting false reports to the House, and others. Chiefly, though, Santos is accused of funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars from campaign donations into his personal bank accounts in order to fund purchases of luxury goods and prime real estate.

In light of Santos’ expulsion, it falls on the shoulders of New York Governor Kathy Hochul to call for a special election to find Santos’ replacement. The special election is expected to be held sometime in February next year.

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