The proposal, which will be voted on at the end of November after the Thanksgiving holidays, was filed just 24 hours after the Ethics Committee published a damning investigation report on Santos, who recently survived a similar motion.
In its report, the panel disclosed that it discovered “conduct contrary to the law without being penalized” and it is more than the criminal allegations that remain pending against the New York congressman. In addition, he announced that he would refer the allegations to the Department of Justice.
According to the Committee, Santos “intended to fraudulently exploit every aspect of his candidacy for the House of Representatives for his financial benefit.”
Santos has been in Congress since January, and, unlike previous statements where he reiterated his alleged innocence and spoke of seeking re-election, after the release of the report he changed his position and said he was not going to seek a new mandate in the 2024 elections.
However, the controversial politician continued a negative projection and criticized the investigation, which he classified as “a false report.”
Santos was indicted in September on 10 counts, including stealing the identities and financial information of campaign contributors and charging their credit cards multiple times without authorization.
He is also accused of participating in a scheme that involved falsely reporting to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) that at least 10 members of his family had made significant contributions to his campaign, even though that was false.
Prosecutors argued that the plan was made to qualify for a “national party committee” program that would provide financial and logistical support for his congressional candidacy.
The well-known congressman assured at the time that a case like his “so high-profile” is expected to be easy politically and “I’m not saying it’s a political persecution, but I’m saying it. has political benefits. ”
In May, Santos was charged with fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds, and false testimony, with a total of 13 charges to which he also pleaded not guilty.
The representative, from Central Islip, was elected in the November 2022 election for the New York county of Suffolk (Long Island) and, in the future, he will not be saved.