Controversial Republican lawmaker George Santos of the United States House of Representatives has been removed from office. His House colleagues expelled him over a long list of allegations including fraud, corruption and fabricating his resume.
Santos, 35, was voted out of office by more than 311 of the 538 members of the House. The parliamentarians previously attempted to remove him from office, but that attempt failed because the necessary two-thirds majority did not vote for it. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding Santos for months. He has admitted that he is a big part of his background has been falsified and federal prosecutors accuse him of laundering campaign money and defrauding donors. Santos has maintained that he is not guilty of these charges.
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A congressional investigation last month found that Santos had bankrolled nearly $4,000 for spa treatments, including Botox, in his campaign account. He also spent more than $4,000 in campaign cash at luxury retailer Hermes and made “smaller purchases” on OnlyFans, a platform where people share racy images. These conclusions have led to several Republicans now being in favor of expelling him from the House of Representatives.
In the entire history of the House of Representatives, Santos is only the sixth person to be removed from office. Democrat James Traficant was the last member to be expelled from the House in 2002 after a corruption conviction.
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