Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) is facing a vote to expel him from Congress, but if he’s going out, he wants to kick out another lawmaker while he’s at it.
On Thursday, the Republican congressman introduced a resolution to expel New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D).
“We have a member of Congress that earlier this year took a plea deal to obstructing a congressional hearing. That’s not the plea deal he took, right? I’m kidding. He took a plea deal for pulling a fire alarm, a fire alarm which obstructed and delayed an official hearing and proceeding on the House floor,” Santos said.
He went on, “Now, had that been any other person, had it been one of the members of the media, had it been a Republican member of Congress, we all know that that person would have been charged with obstructing a congressional hearing, just like the somewhat 140 people sitting in prison right now because of January 6th.”
“But Jamaal Bowman gets a pass. That’s why today at noon, I’m going to be introducing a privilege motion for expulsion of convicted and guilty, pleaded Congressman Jamaal Bowman. And I stand there. I think that that’s consistency. Let’s hold our own accountable, but let’s make sure that we do it with the precedent of the House,” Santos added.
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Rep. George Santos (R-NY) says he’s going to introduce a privileged resolution today to expel Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) for pulling a Capitol fire alarm.— The Recount (@therecount) November 30, 2023
“That’s consistency. Let’s hold our own accountable, but let’s make sure we do it with the precedent of the House.” pic.twitter.com/asmUitLoWf
Finally, he warned, “If the House wants to start different precedent and expel me, that is going to be the undoing of a lot of members of this body because this will haunt them in the future, where mere allegations are sufficient to have members removed from office when duly elected by their people in their respective states and district.”
And at noon, he made good on his vow.
Santos is facing an expected vote to expel him from the chamber after a House Ethics Committee report accused him of seeking to “fraudulently exploit every aspect of his House candidacy for his own personal financial profit.”
He has been under fire since late last year when it was revealed he fabricated large parts of this resume for his 2022 campaign.
Last month, Bowman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge after he pulled a fire alarm in an office building near the Capitol.
He was required to pay a $1,000 fine and write an apology to the Capitol Police.
The New York congressman initially said he did not know he was pulling a fire alarm and claimed he thought it would unlock a door so he could exit the building.
However, footage released late last month showed him removing warning signs before pulling the fire alarm.
After his guilty plea, he stated, “What I did was against D.C. law.”