George Santos easily survives House expulsion vote
George Santos, the New York congressman indicted last month on fraud charges, has been denied expulsion from the US House of Representatives.
A two-thirds majority was required to oust a member of the House, which was achieved by 179-213.
Mr Santos was expelled by 24 Republican colleagues, but by more than 30 Democratic colleagues.
In addition to denying 23 corruption accusations, the 35-year-old legislator refuses to resign.
In US history, only five lawmakers have been expelled, including three during the Civil War.
Even before Mr Santos was indicted in May on a variety of fraud, theft and money-laundering charges, he had been dogged by allegations of falsehoods throughout his brief career on Capitol Hill.
Recently, at least five of his fellow New York Republicans called for his removal after prosecutors added more charges. Additionally, he is under investigation in the House of Representatives for ethics violations.
According to those who pushed for his removal, Mr Santos misrepresented himself to voters.
The Republicans, however, are of the opinion that he shouldn’t be expelled unless he is found guilty in court.
Some Democrats voted to save Mr Santos out of concern for the precedent of expelling a legislator before conviction or an ethics committee report, according to Axios, though others deemed it “really weird” and “unreal” to support the embattled Republican.
Moreover, the chamber rejected a resolution censuring Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib for criticizing Israel on Wednesday evening.
The motion was defeated by 222 to 186 votes after 23 Republicans sided with the Democrats.
A Democrat has proposed a tit-for-tat measure to censure Greene for past comments, but House aides say they will not consider it.