Republican lawmakers are commenting on New York Rep. George Santos (R) being expelled from the House. Rep. Santos becomes the sixth member of congress, in history, to be expelled. However, some Republicans are warning about the precedent the expulsion sets. Florida Rep. Brian Mast (R) has released a video on the subject, explaining the situation and why he voted no to expel Rep. Santos.
Simply put, in the video, Rep. Mast explains that there was “an Ethics Committee report that says he [Santos] filed false or incomplete campaign finance reports and used campaign funds for personal purposes.”
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Rep. Mast goes on to share that he believes Rep. Santos is “guilty as sin.”
“I think it is clear as day, and I think that he will ultimately be found guilty for a number of in a court of law,” Rep. mast commented. However, though he does believe that Rep. Santos is guilty, Rep. Mast points out that he is not a juror, which matters in the ordeal.
Because of this, Rep. Mast voted no to expel Rep. Santos because he believes that the embattled congressman should go through due process and have the results dictate the punishment.
The final vote to expel Rep. Santos reached the required two-thirds majority to pass by receiving 311 votes in favor of expulsing the congressman from New York. The vote was comprised of 105 Republicans voting to expel him, 311 lawmakers voted against expelling him, and two members simply voted that they were present.
Before being expelled, Rep. Santos filed a resolution to expel New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D) for the October incident wherein Rep. Bowman set off a fire alarm at the Capitol as the House met to vote to pass a stop-gap funding bill that would have averted a government shutdown.