McCarthy Predicts Gaetz Will Face Expulsion

In a recent appearance on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” former speaker Kevin McCarthy suggested that Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz could face the same threat of expulsion that was looming over New York Rep. George Santos, the Washington Examiner reported.

When discussing Speaker Mike Johnson’s continuing resolution to extend some spending until January 19 while funding the rest of the government until February 2, McCarthy noted that the same Republican members who tried to stop the last continuing resolution were doing it again, motivated in large part by the ethics complaint against Matt Gaetz.

McCarthy suggested that once Gaetz’s ethics complaint moves forward, the Florida congressman “could have the same problem that Santos has.”

The House Ethics Committee on November 15 released its 56-page report on its investigation into Rep. Santos concluding that there was “substantial evidence” that he violated federal law. The 4-member committee also voted unanimously to refer its evidence to the Justice Department.

In its statement on the report, the committee accused Santos of knowingly causing his congressional campaign to file false and incomplete reports to the FEC, using campaign funds for personal use, and violating federal ethics laws when he filed false financial disclosures to the House, according to CBS News.

According to the Ethics Committee, the investigation into Rep. Santos’s personal, business, and campaign finances “revealed a complex web of unlawful activity.”

Following the release of the Ethics Committee report, Santos posted a lengthy statement on X announcing that he would not be seeking reelection in 2024, which could ward off any possible expulsion vote in the House.

In his statement, the embattled congressman continued to maintain his innocence and accused the committee of going to “extraordinary lengths” to smear him. Santos described the report as a “disgusting politicized smear” that showed “how low our federal government has sunk.”

Santos also blasted his colleagues in the House for spending their time launching “tit for tat unconstitutional censures, impeachment, expulsions, and ethics investigations” when the country is facing a crisis at the southern border and increasing national debt.