Following his expulsion from office on Friday, former Representative George Santos (R-N.Y.) has declared his intention to file ethics complaints against several of his former House colleagues.
His targets include Reps. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.), Mike Lawler (R-N.Y.), Nick LaLota (R-N.Y.), and Rob Menendez (D-N.J.), with allegations ranging from campaign finance violations to other ethical breaches.
George Santos vows retaliation on X after expulsion over fraud allegations
Santos’s announcement came via posts on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
His expulsion was led by New York Republicans, from accusations of campaign finance violations, fraudulent claims to donors, and 23 criminal charges, including wire fraud and identity theft.
Santos accuses Malliotakis of insider trading in social media posts
In his posts, Santos claimed that Malliotakis, a member of the Ways and Means Committee, engaged in questionable stock trading, suggesting insider trading.
“Let’s talk about hypocrisy. Can someone ask Nicole MalioStockTips when did she become a savant in stock trading?” he posted.
Santos alleges potential money laundering in campaign funds by Lawler
Additionally, Santos questioned the activities of Lawler, alleging possible money laundering from his campaign funds.
“The concerning questions are: is Mr. Lawler engaging in laundering money from his campaign to his firm then into his own pocket?” he wrote.
Santos accuses LaLota of being a ‘no-show’ at work
LaLota, another target of Santos’s accusations, was labeled a “no-show” at his job at the local board of elections while attending law school.
Santos questioned whether this amounted to theft of public funds. LaLota’s spokesman, Will Kiley, dismissed these allegations, highlighting Santos’s lack of credibility.
Santos requests investigation into Rep. Menendez’s links to father’s bribery case
Santos also called for an investigation into Menendez’s relationship with his father, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who faces federal charges in a bribery scheme.
Without directly accusing the younger Menendez of misconduct, Santos urged the Ethics Committee to probe what he knew about his father’s business dealings.
Menendez’s team dismisses Santos’s claims following congressional clash
Menendez’s spokesman, Michael Zhadanovsky, responded dismissively to Santos’s claims, stating, “George Santos is neither Rep. Menendez’s colleague nor a constituent, so we will not expend any energy responding to his Botox-fueled fits of rage.”
Santos’s series of accusations follow a confrontation with Rep. Max Miller (R-Ohio) on the House floor, where he labeled Miller a “woman-beater.”
Miller’s domestic violence allegations, ethics probe leads to Santos’s expulsion
Miller has faced domestic violence accusations from former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, a past romantic partner.
The Ethics Committee’s investigation into Santos was pivotal in his expulsion.
Santos’s expulsion influences ethics committee’s vote
The comprehensive allegations presented in their report swayed the opinion of previously hesitant members.
Prior to the vote, Santos warned that his expulsion could set a dangerous precedent for other members facing misconduct allegations.
Santos’s expulsion escalates controversy with pending ethics complaints
Santos’s expulsion and subsequent threats of filing ethics complaints have added another chapter to the saga of his short but controversial tenure in Congress.
The impact of his actions and the validity of his claims against fellow lawmakers remain to be seen as the political fallout unfolds.