Ex-Rep. George Santos announces slew of House Ethics complaints to be filed against N.Y. GOP colleagues

Ex-Rep. George Santos announces slew of House Ethics complaints to be filed against N.Y. GOP colleagues
Former U.S. Rep. George Santos. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Ex-Congressman George Santos said on X, the social media app formerly known as Twitter, that he is filing House Ethics complaints against several of his colleagues.

Santos, 35, became the sixth House member ever to be ousted from Congress Friday after the resolution passed 311-114, with 1-5 Republicans voting in favor.

His threats in the late Friday night posts were targeted toward Republican Reps. Nicole Malliotakis, Mike Lawler, Nick LaLota–all of New York–and New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez.

Menendez is the song of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, who was charged earlier this year with conspiracy to commit bribery and act as a foreign agent, among other things. 

New York Republicans led the push within the party to expel Santos, which Santos’ Congressional neighbor, Anthony D’Esposito (R-Island Park) in the 4th Congressional District, submitted a resolution earlier this year.

Santos has been charged with 23 federal counts of wire fraud, money laundering and theft of public funds, among other things.

As of writing, Santos has not said he will make an ethics complaint Monday against D’Esposito. 

Santos said the complaint against Malliotakis, who took office for the state’s 11th Congressional District in 2021, is regarding “her questionable stock trading since joining the Ways and Means committee this Congress.”

“Before joining the committee the congresswoman didn’t have an active trading habit or a high volume stake,” Santos said at 11:48 p.m. Friday, nearly 12 hours after being expelled. “The question is, what set of information is she trading with?”

Malliotakis purchased $15,000 in stock from Community Bancorp after meeting with federal regulators earlier this year about the impending collapse of Signature Bank, The Hill reported. Malliotakis’ shares considerably increased in value once it was announced that Bancorp will acquire Signature. 

A spokesperson for Malliotakis denied the claims and told the New York Post “we don’t respond to expelled George Santos because he is a scorned and known serial liar.”

The complaint against Lawler, who is a freshman representative in the 17th Congressional District, is related to his “questionable campaign finance violations,” Santos said. 

“Congressman Lawler owns portion of Checkmate Strategies and he uses the same firm that he is a beneficiary of to pay for services related to his campaign,” Santos said. “The concerning questions are; is Mr. Lawler engaging in laundering money form (sic) his campaign to his firm then into his own pocket?”

A spokesperson for Lawler told the Post “being attacked by a serial liar and con man like George Santos is a badge of honor.” 

The third ethics complaint will be regarding whether or not LaLota, another freshman representative in the 1st Congressional District, was able to work at the Suffolk County Board of Elections while he was getting his law degree.

“Did Rep Lalota no-show to his tax pay funded job while going to school and if so he can potential have stolen public funds form the tax payers of NY,” Santos said. 

A spokesperson for LaLota told the Post  Santos is “just mad the congressman has three actual degrees while he lied about having one.”

The final ethics complaint against Menendez, who has not been named in the investigation looking into his father, New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, is to “seek clarification from the freshman congressman on his involvement with his fathers overseas dealing over the years and any potential compensation he received.”

A spokesperson for Menendez told The Hill that “George Santos is neither Rep. Menendez’s colleague nor a constituent so we will not expend any energy responding to his Botox-fueled fits of rage.”

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