After the House of Representatives voted to expel Republican Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) on Friday, Democratic Sen. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania reiterated his opinion that Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey should be expelled from the Senate.
“I’m not surprised,” Fetterman said of the Santos expulsion during an appearance on “The View,” adding that Menendez had engaged in “much more sinister … kinds of things,” and that the senator “needs to go.”
Menendez and his wife have been charged for allegedly accepting bribes. A superseding indictment claims that they “agreed to and did accept hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribes in exchange for using MENENDEZ’s power and influence as a Senator to seek to protect and enrich” three individuals “and to benefit the Arab Republic of Egypt.”
Menendez has denied wrongdoing and predicted that he “will be found innocent.”
Fetterman has prevoiusly called for ousting Menendez from office. “Senator Menendez should not be a U.S. Senator. He should have been gone long ago. It is time for every one of my colleagues in the Senate to join me in expelling Senator Menendez. We cannot have an alleged foreign agent in the United States Senate. This is not a close call,” Fetterman declared in an October tweet.
The House voted 311-114 to expel Santos on Friday, with 105 Republicans joining 206 Democrats to vote in favor of the ouster. Two Democrats joined 112 Republicans in voting against expulsion. Two Democrats voted present.
“As required by law, I will announce the date for a special election in the third district within the next ten days. I take this responsibility seriously, and am committed to ensuring there will be a Member of Congress who can serve Nassau and Queens Counties,” a tweet from New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) stated.
Santos, who is facing various charges, has pled not guilty.
According to an October U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York press release, Santos has been charged “with one count of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States, two counts of wire fraud, two counts of making materially false statements to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), two counts of falsifying records submitted to obstruct the FEC, two counts of aggravated identity theft, and one count of access device fraud, in addition to the seven counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, one count of theft of public funds, and two counts of making materially false statements to the United States House of Representatives that were charged in the original indictment.”
The now-ousted congressman has admitted to “embellishing my resume. I’m sorry,” Santos said last year, according to the New York Post.
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