McCarthy refuses to act as disgraced Santos arrested on federal criminal charges

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, disgraced Rep. George Santos was arrested on federal criminal charges ahead of an expected court appearance. House Republicans — including all of Santos’s fellow New York GOP freshmen — have called for Santos to resign, but Speaker McCarthy has refused to act, instead dodging questions and ignoring the calls of his own MAGA majority.


Speaker McCarthy has twisted the arms of his MAGA majority members to vote for radical, unpopular measures like massive cuts to Veterans benefits. He’ll gladly take his majority’s support when it’s convenient — but now that they’re calling for disgraced Rep. Santos to be removed, he couldn’t care less what they want. McCarthy should listen to his own majority and take action on George Santos immediately.”

Accountable.US spokesperson Derek Martin.

This morning, calls for Santos’s removal intensified among McCarthy’s MAGA majority. When asked about Santos’s arrest, New York Republican Representatives LaLota and Molinaro both said: “Can’t wait until he’s gone.”

A report from Accountable.US revealed that a group of GOP House leaders including McCarthy gave nearly $200,000 to Santos’s campaign during the 2022 election, despite apparent knowledge of his lies.

In December, Accountable.US led the charge by filing a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics requesting an investigation if Santos is sworn in. In January, Accountable.US filed a complaint against Santos over campaign finance violations with the Federal Elections Commission, and now the Justice Department is investigating the matter.

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