George Santos, the Republican congressman from New York who has been accused of lying about his personal and professional background, and of committing various crimes such as wire fraud, identity theft, and money laundering, has escaped expulsion from the House of Representatives.
A group of five Republican lawmakers from New York, who are facing tough reelection campaigns, introduced a resolution to expel Santos from the House, arguing that he has brought disgrace to the institution and betrayed the trust of his constituents.
The resolution needed a two-thirds majority to pass, but it failed in a 179-213 vote, with 19 members voting present.
Most Republicans voted against the resolution, while most Democrats voted for it.
Santos has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and has refused to resign, claiming that he is entitled to due process and that the resolution was politically motivated.
Santos is still under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, which is expected to announce its next steps by November 17th.
He is also scheduled to face trial in September 2024.
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