House Ethics Committee to announce plans in George Santos investigation by Nov. 17
Santos on Friday pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in a federal fraud case after prosecutors brought a superseding indictment against him.
The House Ethics Committee will announce the next steps in its investigation of Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., by Nov. 17, following an imminent vote on the freshman lawmaker's expulsion from the House.
"The Committee’s nonpartisan staff and the ISC Members have put countless hours into this investigation, which has been a priority for the investigative team and involved a significant amount of the Committee’s resources," the committee stated, according to The Hill. The committee further stated that thus far, it has "contacted approximately 40 witnesses, reviewed more than 170,000 pages of documents, and authorized 37 subpoenas."
Santos on Friday pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in a federal fraud case after prosecutors brought a superseding indictment against him. He previously pleaded not guilty to the original slew of charges in May.
In that month, the House voted to refer a Democratic-backed expulsion resolution to the committee, which was already investigating Santos. The upcoming Nov. 17 date may impact lawmakers when voting on a separate expulsion resolution against him brought by New York Republicans after his former campaign treasurer, Nancy Marks, pleaded guilty.
The group last week brought a privileged resolution to force a vote on his expulsion. The House is slated to return on Wednesday.
Santos has resolutely refused to resign from Congress amid the entire affair. He remains free on $500,000 bond and may only travel between his congressional district and Washington, D.C., without court approval.
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