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  • The House voted to expel indicted GOP Rep. George Santos over ethics violations, making him only the sixth lawmaker ever to be kicked out of the chamber. The resolution passed with a tally of 311-114, with 105 Republicans voting in favor. All four top House GOP leaders voted to keep Santos in Congress.
  • The embattled New York lawmaker, who announced he would not seek reelection, repeatedly refused to resign. He survived previous attempts to remove him, but momentum had been building for this effort in the wake of a scathing ethics report, which concluded Santos sought to exploit his House candidacy for personal profit.
  • Expulsion is the most severe form of punishment for a House lawmaker, and Santos is the first member of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War who wasn’t first convicted of a felony.

Santos becomes first House member to be expelled from chamber in more than two decades

GOP Rep. George Santos has become the sixth member to be expelled from the US House, and is the first member to be ousted in more than two decades.

Of the only five members who have been expelled previously, three were expelled for fighting for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Santos – the New York Republican with problems telling the truth and who is under federal indictment for fraud, money laundering, theft and stealing donors’ identities – becomes just the third federally elected lawmaker since the Civil War to be kicked out of the House by his peers.

Rep. George Santos becomes the first member expelled from the US House in more than two decades

Only five members had been expelled previously. Of those, three were expelled for fighting for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

The only other expelled representatives since the Civil War had already been found guilty in federal court and still refused to resign.

Michael “Ozzie” Myers, a Pennsylvania Democrat, was expelled from the House in 1980 after he was convicted as part of an infamous FBI investigation known as ABSCAM, in which he and other lawmakers were caught up in a sting operation taking bribes to help a fictional Arab sheikh.

Most of the other lawmakers embroiled in ABSCAM ultimately resigned. Myers was expelled in the time between his conviction and his sentencing in 1980.

He’s actually back in jail at the moment; Myers, now 80, was sentenced to 30 months in prison last year for taking bribes in a ballot-stuffing scheme in Democratic primaries dating back to 2014.

The other House member to be expelled since the Civil War, James Traficant Jr., an Ohio Democrat, was removed from office after being convicted in a bribery and racketeering scandal in 2002. Traficant tried to mount an independent campaign for his seat from his prison cell, but it did not go well. He died in 2014 after a tractor accident on a family farm.

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