Facing expulsion, George Santos said he's being bullied

George Santos
Rep. George Santos talks to reporters outside the U.S. Capitol on November 30, 2023, in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer/Getty Images
  • It's highly likely that Rep. George Santos gets expelled from Congress by the end of the week.

  • The House will likely vote on a resolution Friday to expel him.

  • He said the repeated attempts to oust him equates to bullying.

Embattled Republican Rep. George Santos said the repeated attempts to get him expelled from the House of Representatives amounts to "bullying."

Speaking to a gaggle of reporters at the crack of dawn on Thursday, Santos continued to defend himself against a report from the House Ethics Committee that concluded he "brought severe discredit upon the House."

Asked why he's unwilling to resign after facing felony charges in New York and the subsequent release of the committee's report, Santos answered simply: "Because if I leave, they win."

"This is bullying," Santos added.

When asked to elaborate as to why he thinks he's a victim in this situation, he noted that the House has already tried to remove him twice before with little success.

"I mean it's the third time," he added, "and each for different reasons."

In May, House Republicans quashed an effort to expel Santos by referring the resolution in question to the House Ethics Committee where it was never ultimately brought to a vote.

Months later, after the Department of Justice filed additional charges against Santos alleging he committed wire fraud and identity theft, the House finally took a vote on whether or not to expel the representative from New York.

Ultimately, 24 Republicans ended up voting "present," preventing the House from amassing the two-thirds vote needed to expel the lawmaker.

The House is expected to hold a vote tomorrow on the most recent resolution to oust Santos. Both he and his colleagues have hinted in recent days there's now enough unified support in the body to boot him from Capitol Hill.

"I know I'm going to get expelled when this expulsion resolution goes to the floor," Santos said in an interview on X Spaces. "I've done the math over and over, and it doesn't look really good."

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