Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah told GOP Rep. George Santos of New York: “You don’t belong here,” according to a member who witnessed the tense exchange in the House chamber Tuesday night.
Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, made the remarks as he walked into the chamber for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address.
Santos has faced multiple investigations into his finances and repeatedly lied about his resume and biography. In November, he flipped a Democratic seat in a redrawn district, helping Republicans win a slim majority in the House.
Santos, 34, has been caught lying about the schools he attended, his employment history and family background. Complaints with the Federal Election Commission question whether he is the true source of more than $700,000 in loans he said he made to his 2022 campaign.
Federal investigators are looking into his finances, including allegations that Santos took $3,000 from a GoFundMe campaign for a veteran’s dying dog.
The New Yorker is expected to face an investigation by the House Ethics Committee. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has yet to call on Santos to resign, even as some of his fellow New York Republicans have called for him to. Santos has voluntarily resigned from two House committees even though McCarthy and his allies initially gave him seats.
On Tuesday, Santos said he was “not concerned” about a House ethics investigation or about New York constituents calling for his resignation.
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