McCarthy says Santos will be removed from Congress if Ethics Committee determines he broke the law

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Tuesday that Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., will be removed from Congress if an investigation by the House Ethics Committee concludes he violated the law.

The committee’s investigation was launched following reports that Santos fabricated parts of his background, including his education and work history, during his 2022 campaign. The freshman congressman is also being probed by several federal, state and local entities.

McCarthy has largely defended Santos against calls for his resignation. The speaker has condemned some of Santos’ conduct, but Tuesday was the first instance in which he suggested potential consequences for the New York Republican.

“If for some way when we go through Ethics, and he has broken the law, then we will remove him,” McCarthy told reporters at a press conference outside his office.

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Rep. George Santos will be removed from Congress if an investigation by the House Ethics Committee finds he broke the law.

But McCarthy also reiterated prior statements that he believes Santos should maintain his House seat because he was elected to serve.

“You know why I’m standing by him? Because his

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